My name is Captain Robert Webster; I am the pinnacle researcher of SEAS. My work began with my passion for the restoration Galveston’s beaches. I grew up coming to Galveston and I remember the beaches with their hardy sandbars, natural beach face and vegetated dunes; characteristics that our sand-starved beaches of today are now lacking. I began investigating Sargassum’s use in beach remediation and simultaneously discovered that through scientific efforts its movement could be forecasted. My main interest lies in investigating the best practices for beach management. I have strove to expand my knowledge base; to seek out answers to achieve equilibrium between a tourist industry accommodating beach and a long lasting environment that will be accessible for future generations to enjoy. I am interested in employing methods that will create less of a negative footprint on our beaches. I am particularly emphatic about using smaller equipment to clean our beaches, utilizing the excess Sargassum to fortify natural dune systems, and implementing split barges to inject dredge sediment into our system as naturally as possible. I remember the healthy landscape of Texas’ shoreline and I want to ensure that we leave that same beautiful environment for generations to come. Our SEAS team of students have bought into this mission and strive on a daily basis to complete our goals and objectives to use best environmental practices for the management of our Texas Coastal Beaches.
Robert Webster is no longer with us, his work lives on and continues here at the SEAS program.
Planting trees whose fruit we will never eat
Robert Webster, TAMUG sargassum