Field of Focus
  • Natural and Man-Made Hazard Mitigation
  • Surficial Processes
  • Environmental Science
  • Coastal Development
  • Habitat Loss
  • Sustainable Development
  • Geographic Information Science (GIS)
Area of Expertise
Coastal Processes Assessment, Mapping and Modeling; Lidar; Coastal Environmental Change
  • Ph.D. in Marine Science, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, U.S.A., 1991
  • M.S. in Geology, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island, U.S.A., 1986
  • B.S. in Geology and Mineralogy, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A., 1983

Dr. Gibeaut is the Endowed Chair for Coastal and Marine Geospatial Sciences at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. He is a coastal geologist who uses topographic lidar, remote sensing, GIS, and field surveys to measure and understand coastal change. He has studied shorelines in a variety of locations including Rhode Island, Florida, Texas, Alaska, Honduras, Venezuela, Brazil and Saudi Arabia. Dr. Gibeaut often provides scientific input and advice to those developing and applying coastal management rules and policies. He is also developing virtual computer models of coastal environments for K-12 education. Currently, his main research focus is modeling the effects of sea-level rise and storms on barrier-island environments and projecting future change.