Dr. David W. Hicks

 Assistant Professor of Biology

 Phone: (956) 882-5055

 Email: david.hicks@utb.edu 


Biology Faculty

Biology Dept.

Coastal Ecology

Research Interests:

Dr. Hicks’ research interests span the biology, ecology, physiological ecology and environmental biology of freshwater, estuarine, and marine invertebrates, particularly molluscs and exotic, invasive invertebrate species. His recent work has focused on the biology, physiology, and resistance adaptations of invasive, nonindigenous marine mussels of the genus Perna in order to develop physiologically-based risk assessments of their eventual distribution on Gulf of Mexico and southeastern Atlantic shores.



16. Hicks, D.W. and R.F. McMahon. 2005. Effects of temperature on tolerance of chronic hypoxia in the nonindigenous brown mussel, Perna perna (Bivalvia: Mytilidae) from the Texas Gulf of Mexico. Journal of Molluscan Studies 71(4): 401-408.

15. Bates, T.W. and D.W. Hicks. 2005. Locomotory Behavior and Habitat Selection in Littoral Gastropods on Caribbean Limestone Shores.  Journal of Shellfish Research 24(1): 75-84.

14. Amoako-Atta, S. and D.W. Hicks. 2004. GIS decision support system for prevention of ballast water-borne species introductions. Proceedings, 24th Annual ESRI International User Conference, August 9-13, 2004, San Diego, California (download reprint), 12 pp.

13. Hicks, D.W. and R.F. McMahon. 2003. Temperature and relative humidity effects on water loss and emersion tolerance of Perna perna (L.) (Bivalvia: Mytilidae) from the Gulf of Mexico. Bulletin of Marine Science 72(1): 135-150.

12. Hicks, D.W. and R.F. McMahon. 2002. Respiratory responses to temperature and hypoxia in the nonindigenous brown mussel, Perna perna (Bivalvia: Mytilidae), from the Gulf of Mexico. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 277(1): 61-78.

11. Hicks, D.W. and R.F. McMahon. 2002. Temperature acclimation of upper and lower thermal limits and freeze resistance in the nonindigenous brown mussel, Perna perna (L.), from the Gulf of Mexico. Marine Biology 140(6): 1167-1179.

10. Hicks, D.W., N.C. Barrera, and J.W. Tunnell, Jr. 2001. Ecological distribution of shallow-water mollusks of Alacrán reef, Campeche Bank, Yucatan, Mexico. Texas Conchologist 38: 7-30.

9. Ingrao, D.A., P.M. Mikkelsen, and D.W. Hicks. 2001. Another introduced marine mollusk in the Gulf of Mexico: The Indo-Pacific green mussel, Perna viridis (Linnaeus, 1758), in Tampa Bay, Florida. Journal of Shellfish Research 20: 13-19.

8. Hicks, D.W., J.W. Tunnell, Jr. and R.F. McMahon. 2001. Population dynamics of the nonindigenous brown mussel, Perna perna (Linnaeus, 1758), in the Gulf of Mexico compared to other world-wide populations. Marine Ecology - Progress Series 211: 181-192.

7. Hicks, D.W., D.L. Hawkins and R.F. McMahon 2000. Salinity tolerance of brown mussel Perna perna (L.) from the Gulf of Mexico: an extension of life table analysis to estimate median survival time in the presence of regressor variables. Journal of Shellfish Research 19(1): 203-212.

6. Holland, B.S., D.S. Gallagher, D.W. Hicks, and S.K. Davis. 1999. Cytotaxonomic confirmation of an exotic marine mussel in the Gulf of Mexico. The Veliger 42: 280-282.

5. Hicks, D.W., C.P. Onuf, and J.W. Tunnell, Jr. 1998. Response of shoal grass, Halodule Wrightii, to extreme winter conditions in the lower Laguna Madre, Texas. Aquatic Botany 62:107-114.

4. Hardegree, B., D.W. Hicks, and J.W. Tunnell, Jr. 1996. Evaluation of burning as an oil spill cleanup technique in a high marsh community along the south Texas coast. Pages 195-211 in, Proffitt, C.E. and P.F. Roscigno (eds.), Proceedings: Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Oil Spills in Coastal Ecosystems: Assessing Effects, Natural Recovery, and Progress in Remediation Research, OCS Study/MMS 95-0063. U.S. Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, New Orleans LA. 245 pp.

3. Hicks, D.W. and J.W. Tunnell, Jr. 1995. Ecological notes and patterns of dispersal in the recently introduced mussel, Perna perna (Linnaeus, 1758) in the Gulf of Mexico. American Malacological Bulletin 11(2):203-206.

2. Tunnell, J.W. B. Hardegree, and D.W. Hicks. 1995. Environmental impact and recovery of a high marsh pipeline oil spill and burn site, upper Copano Bay, Texas. Proceedings of the 1995 Oil Spill Conference, American Petroleum Institute, Washington, DC, 133-138.

1. Hicks, D.W. and J.W. Tunnell. 1993. Invasion of the south Texas coast by the edible brown mussel Perna perna (Linnaeus, 1758). The Veliger 36(1): 92-94.

Perna perna encrustation along a Texas jetty Perna perna: The invasive brown mussel

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