Texas A&M Honors Antonietta Quigg with Regents Professor Award

Professor Antonietta Quigg. Used with permission, Shantelle Patterson-Swanson, Communications Manager, Texas A&M University.

Professor Antonietta Quigg. Used with permission, Shantelle Patterson-Swanson, Communications Manager, Texas A&M University.

The Gulf of Mexico Research initiative (GoMRI) congratulates Dr. Antonietta Quigg for her distinction of Regents Professor of Marine Biology and Oceanography at Texas A&M University.  The Regents Professor Award recognizes individuals who have provided exemplary service to their university, agency or health science center component, the community, the State of Texas, and/or internationally.

“It is a great honor to be recognized for this prestigious award,” said Professor Quigg. “I thank all my students, colleagues (faculty and staff), and friends for their support and look forward to continuing to serve Texas A&M University.”

Professor Quigg is Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies and currently advises a number of graduate students, post-docs, and research associates/assistants. Her research focus includes biological oceanography, biotic response to climate variability, and phytoplankton dynamics. The research paradigm in her lab is to continuously generate new ideas, collaborations, and alliances, and doing so allows her team to perform research and build capacity for a new generation of scientists.

Quigg has a strong commitment to these upcoming scientists, and she describes teaching as a great challenge but also as one of the most rewarding aspects of her work, “I endeavor to inspire students with my enthusiasm for the subject matter, foster critical-thinking and decision-making abilities with examples and innovative testing approaches as well as encourage students to become active and competent learners outside the classroom. I hope students studying and working with me will gain confidence to ask questions, develop patience and persistence to experience the joys and challenges of being a scientist, and join me in my quest to be a life-long learner.”

Quigg is the Principal Investigator for the GoMRI-funded research consortium Aggregation and Degradation of Dispersants and Oil by Microbial Exopolymers (ADDOMEx I and ADDOMEx 2), which is enhancing fundamental knowledge about the role of marine microbes and their exudates in determining oil and dispersant fate and transport in the ocean (see Study Explores Complex Dispersant Effects on Marine Oil Snow Formation).

She also leads projects funded by the Texas Commission for Environmental Quality (Freshwater inflows in Galveston Bay: relationship to (harmful) algal blooms (HABs) and the Texas Water Development Board (Defining Bioindicators for Freshwater Inflow Needs Studies (BioFINS): Phase 2 The health of the bay).

By Nilde “Maggie” Dannreuther. Contact maggied@ngi.msstate.edu with questions or comments.


The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) is a 10-year independent research program established to study the effect, and the potential associated impact, of hydrocarbon releases on the environment and public health, as well as to develop improved spill mitigation, oil detection, characterization and remediation technologies. An independent and academic 20-member Research Board makes the funding and research direction decisions to ensure the intellectual quality, effectiveness and academic independence of the GoMRI research. All research data, findings and publications will be made publicly available. The program was established through a $500 million financial commitment from BP. For more information, visit https://gulfresearchinitiative.org/.

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