The dedicated Ocean World staff are here to answer your questions, student and teacher alike. Please feel free to contact members of our crew who you believe could be beneficial to you!


Dr. Robert Stewart

Dr. Stewart is a professor of physical oceanography at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. He received his B.S. in physics from the University of Texas, Arlington (magnum cum laude) in 1963. He received his PhD in oceanography from the University of California, San Diego in 1969.

Dr. Robert James

Dr. James is director of the Texas Alliance for Science, Technology and Mathematics Education and a professor of science education in the Educational Curriculum and Instruction department of the College of Education at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. 77843-4232 (409) 845-8185

Don Johnson

Don is a recent graduate of Texas A&M University's Environmental Design program. Currently he is working with Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash, 3D Studio Max and Acrobat to assist Dr. Stewart in maintaining and improving the Oceanworld website. Don also maintains the Dr. Stewart's oceanography class websites and on-line courseboook.


Margaret Hammer

Margaret Hammer, now Dr. Margaret Hammer, was on the orginal founding Ocean World team. Her contributions are what have shaped the site since the begining, as she is responsible for the vast majority of the content here. She recently completed PhD requirements in Educational Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in science, and is now teaching college Educational Methods at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville. She received her Masters Degree in EDCI from TAMU (Phi Theta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi) in 1991 and her Bachelors Degree in Education from Sam Houston State University (Alpha Chi and Phi Theta Kappa), in Huntsville, TX, in 1980. She also received an Associate of Arts Degree from North Harris College (Phi Theta Kappa), in Houston, TX, in 1976. She was the 1995 Elementary Teacher of the Year for Aldine ISD in Houston, where she has taught 5th and 6th grade science for 17 years. She also received from President Bill Clinton the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching in 1996. Margaret's daily presence on the team and motherly caring for its members will be sorely missed.

Michelle Arango

Michelle Arango is a senior majoring in Ocean Engineering at Texas A&M University. When she graduates in spring 2000, she will stay in the U.S to work and achieve a Master's degree. She is orginally from Panama. She is working on our up-coming real-time data sites and curriculum. This summer 2000, she went to Paris, France, with the Engineering Study Abroad Program and studied "Material Science" and "Mechanics of Materials" with emphasis on European structures.

Prashanti Govindu

Prashanti Govindu is a graduate student in Electrical Engineering at Texas A&M Univerisity. She is originally from Southern India. Graduating in Spring 2001, she now works for Intel in their chip design group in California.

Brent Porter

Brent Porter served two years as web master for Ocean World. He received his Master of Geosciences Degree from Texas A&M Unversity in May 2000 and is presently working for the Texas Natural Resources Information Systems. Brent earned his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Houston in December of 1995. He was previously at North Harris Community College working as a tutor for visually impaired students taking college credits. He is interested in devising activities and information suitable for educating students about oceanography.

Jon Reisch

Jon Reisch, who graduated with a Bachelor's of Environmental Design in May 2002 from Texas A&M University, is OceanWorld's primary webmaster, a position he has held since inheriting it from Brent Porter in 2000. In the time that Jon has overseen the site, OceanWorld has undergone several complete redesigns, bringing it up to date with a friendlier user interface, Javascript interactivity, CSS and DHTML.

Jon will begin his graduate studies this fall with Texas A&M's highly respected Visualization Sciences program. The Viz Lab is one of the top programs in the country for 3D animation, visual effects, and high-end computer graphics. When not working on websites or researching computer graphics, Jon can be seen and heard playing his guitar around town, and was until recently the lead guitarist and songwriter for his band KICKSTAND.

Samantha Rohr

Samantha Rohr, now a very sucessful and respected teacher, was one of the original Ocean World crew. Along with Margaret Hammer and Dr. Stewart, she helped lay the foundation for Ocean World with little more than a primitive HTML editor. She recieved her Master's Degree in Educational Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in science. In May of 1997, Sam earned her Bachelors Degree in Education with an emphasis in Mathematics. She is very interested in the recent developments in educational technology and their implementations in the classroom.

Bonnie Young

Bonnie completed her Bachelor's of Science in Geology at Texas A&M University. After long deliberation, she decided that she would like to change the world and become a teacher. Bonnie will complete her Master's of Education in July of 2002, at which point she will be moving to Garland, TX, just outside of Dallas, to begin her new job teaching Physics!

Miranda Dettwyler

Miranda Dettwyler is working on her Bachelor's Degree in Physics with a concentration in Mathematics at Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, VA. Currently she is spending her Junior year abroad at the University of Reading, England. She worked here at Ocean World summer 2000 as a jack-of-all-trades, researching oceanography and adding to the site as well as restructuring the pages and averting crises. Upon completion of her degree, Miranda intends to attend graduate school in Physics or Mathematics.