Field of Focus
  • Ecology
  • Population Biology
  • Ecological Indicators
  • Hypoxia
  • Invasive Species
Area of Expertise
Invertebrate Biology; Bioenergetics; Invasive Species; Benthic Marine Ecology
  • Ph.D., University of Texas, Arlington, Texas, U.S.A., 1999
  • M.S., Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S.A., 1993
  • B.S., Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, U.S.A., 1989

Dr. Hicks is the Chair and Associate Professor of Marine & Estuarine Ecology of the Department of Biological Sciences at UTB. He received his Ph.D. in Quantitative Biology from the University of Texas – Arlington in 1999. His research focuses on capacity adaptations (e.g., physiological adjustments) in marine invertebrates (particularly molluscs) in response to environmental gradients (natural and anthropogenic). Dr. Hicks is actively engaged in research projects ranging from the restoration of Bahia Grande here in the lower Rio Grande Valley, to monitoring invertebrate and fish community use of artificial reefs in the Gulf of Mexico.

Relevant to the biota of the Gulf of Mexico, Dr. Hicks has published the following:

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

Hicks, D. W., N. C. Barrera and J. W. Tunnell, Jr. 2001. Ecological distribution of shallow-water Mollusca on Alacran Reef, Campeche Bank, Yucatan, Mexico. Texas Conchologist 38: 7–30.

Ingrao, D. A., P. M. Mikkelsen and D. W. Hicks. 2001. Another introduced marine mussel 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.