Field of Focus
  • Invasive Species
Area of Expertise
Marine Biology; Mariculture; Fisheries; Demographics; Land Use
  • Ph.D. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, U.S.A., 1987
  • M.S. in Biology (Marine), Corpus Christi State University, Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S.A., 1981
  • B.S. in Biology (Marine; Minor in Chemistry), Texas A&I University, Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S.A., 1977

In 2006, Dokken was Associate Director of the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Center for Coastal Studies. While working as an adjunct professor at A&M, Dokken was also the Director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Gulf of Mexico Regional Marine Research Program. As Executive Director of the Texas State Aquarium in 1985, Dr. Dokken directed the efforts to establish the newly formed nonprofit facility in Corpus Christi, Texas. He is the founder and coordinator of the Flower Garden Ocean Research Program which integrates the efforts of institutional science and the offshore oil and gas industry to expand opportunities for marine research in the most cost-effective manner.

Research Interests

  • Marine biology
  • Marine ecology
  • Mariculture
  • Environmental management
  • Coral and artificial reef dynamics
  • Fisheries science
  • Population and land use change

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

Dokken, Q. R., I. R. MacDonald, and J. W. Tunnell, Jr. 1998. Long-term monitoring at the East and West Flower Garden Banks, 1996–1997 U.S. Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service OCS Study MMS 99-0005. 115 pp.