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Details of Dr. Douglas C. Biggs   


Gender male
Job title Professor
Department Oceanography
Texas A&M University- College Station, Department of Oceanography ( TAMU)
MS 3146 1204 O&M Building College Station TX 77843-3146
College Station
Regions Sea of Azov
Tel (979) 845-7211
Fax (979) 845-6331
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Website http://ocean.tamu.edu/profile/DBiggs, http://www.gulfbase.org/person/view.php?uid=dbiggs
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Degree Ph.D
Job type Teaching/Education
Research Area(s) Biological Oceanography, Marine Ecology , Biological Oceanography, Marine Ecology
Research Activities Research Interests • Physical and biological habitat use by sperm whales and other apex predators in the Gulf of Mexico, extends through summer 2008 • Biogeochemical processes in Gulf of Mexico mesoscale eddies • Zooplankton stock estimation from ADCP backscatter intensity • Nutrient enhanced coastal ocean productivity
Research Region 34, 35 , 36, 72
Skills/Expertise Professor Doug Biggs is a sea-going oceanographer. Biggs has lead or otherwise collaborated in a wide variety of oceanographic research programs in the Gulf of Mexico. Since 1995, Biggs has served as Chief or Co-Chief Scientist on 5 Sperm Whale Seismic Study (SWSS) and Gulf of Mexico Cetacean Study (GulfCet) cruises, 9 NorthEast Gulf of Mexico (NEGOM) chemical oceanography and hydrographic cruises, 5 multidisciplinary research cruises that trained TAMU grad students in the northern Gulf of Mexico, and he was a participant on 2 other cruises. Twenty of these research cruises were conducted using the R/V Gyre; the other (in 1995) was on the Mexican Navy research vessel Antares. Biggs' research bridges physical with biological oceanography. Biggs and his grad students have been investigating the oceanographic habitat of sperm whales and other marine mammals by merging remote sensing with shipboard hydrographic surveys, and by using the acoustic backscatter signal from vessel-mounted as well as moored ADCPs as a proxy for plankton biomass. Zooplankton are potential food for small fish and squid, which are in turn potential prey for marine mammals and other apex predators.
PUBLICATIONS (as reported by Dr. Douglas BIGGS)

Nababan, B., F.E. Muller-Karger, C. Hu, and D.C. Biggs, 2011 in press. Chlorophyll variability in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico. Intl. J. Rem. Sensing. TRES_A_542192: 19 pages.
O?Hern, J.E., and D.C. Biggs, 2009. Sperm whale habitat in the Gulf of Mexico: Satellite observed ocean color and altimetry applied to small scale variability in distribution. Aquatic Mammals, 35: 358-366.
Biggs, D.C., C. Hu, and F. Muller-Karger, 2008. Remotely sensed sea surface chlorophyll and POC flux at Deep Gulf of Mexico Benthos sampling stations. Deep Sea Res. II, 55: 2555-2562.
Kaltenberg, A.O., D.C. Biggs, and S.F. DiMarco, 2007. Deep scattering layers of the northern Gulf of Mexico observed with a ship-board 38-kHz acoustic Doppler current profiler (ADCP). Gulf Mex. Sci., 25: 97-108.
Biggs, D.C., A.E. Jochens, M.K. Howard, S.F. DiMarco, K.D. Mullin, R.R. Leben, F.E. Muller-Karger, and C. Hu, 2005. Eddy forced variations in on- and off-margin summertime circulation along the 1000-m isobath of the northern Gulf of Mexico, 200-2003, and links with sperm whale distributions along the middle slope. Pp 71-85, in: Circulation in the Gulf of Mexico: Observations and Models (W. Sturges and A. Lugo-Fernandez, Eds.) Amer. Geophys. Union Geophys. Monogr. Series.
Sindlinger, L.R., D.C. Biggs, and S.F. DiMarco , 2005, Temporal and spatial variability of ADCP backscatter on a continental slope, Contl. Shelf Res., 25: 259-275.
Schmitz, W.J., D.C. Biggs, A. Lugo-Fernandez, L.E. Oey, and W.F. Sturges, 2005. A synopsis of the circulation in the Gulf of Mexico and on its continental margins. Pp 11-29, in: Circulation in the Gulf of Mexico: Observations and Models (W. Sturges and A. Lugo-Fernandez, Eds.) Amer. Geophys. Union Geophys. Monogr. Series.
Hu, C., B. Nababan, D.C. Biggs, and F.E. Muller-Karger, 2004, Variability of bio-optical properties at sampling stations and implications for remote sensing: A case study in the NE Gulf of Mexico, Intl. J. Rem. Sensing, 25: 2111-2120.
Qian, Y., A.E. Jochens, M.C. Kenicutt II, and D.C. Biggs, 2003, Spatial and temporal variability of phytoplankton biomass and community structure over the continental margin of the northeast Gulf of Mexico based on pigment analysis, Contl. Shelf Res., 23: 1-17.
Belabbassi, L., P. Chapman, W.D. Nowlin, Jr., A.E. Jochens, and D.C. Biggs, 2005, Summertime nutrient supply to near-surface waters of the northeastern Gulf of Mexico, Gulf Mex. Sci., 23(2): 137-160.

Created: 1998-05-28 Last Updated: 2015-05-15 by Douglas BIGGS