Texas Coastal Geology

Richard L. Watson, Ph.D.

P.O. Box 1040 Port Aransas, TX 78373
361-749-4152 send email


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Richard L. Watson, Ph.D.

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The following note was received after presenting a public lecture titled

Ike wiped entire towns off of the map. Are we safer in Port Aransas?  

The auditorium was standing room only.

Recommendation by Thomas J. Forestier

Recommendation from DR. John W. (Wes) Tunnell

Recommendation from Marc O. Knisely


It is a pleasure for me to introduce you to Dr. Richard L. Watson of Texas Coast Geology. There are many geologists in Texas; most of them associated with our abundant oil and gas reserves. But surprisingly, there are few who specialize in coastal dynamics – Watson is one of those few and he has unsurpassed expertise in the toughest sort of geology there is – understanding the fast-moving and ever-changing nature of the Texas Coast. Even fewer still are the practicing geologists with active licensure as a ship captain and an aircraft pilot. Again, Watson fits that bill.
I first had the privilege of working with Richard Watson during the early stages of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Environmental Impact Study on the Packery Channel reopening project in the 1990’s. Using remote sensing and aircraft overflights, we documented newly-created washover fans resulting from Hurricane Brett. These are the same sort of geologic structures which created the real estate at the Padre Isles subdivision and Harbor Island located at the natural openings of Corpus Christi Bay into the Gulf of Mexico. Since that time, my students have worked with Watson on documenting and monitoring prop scarring in seagrass beds, sediment transport along coastal margins, and the regular progress of maintenance dredging all along the lower Texas coast.
As an independent consulting geologist, Watson brings over 30 years of expertise and a wealth of long-term connections to every task. He has been a friend and mentor to higher education in Texas and is an outspoken advocate of geological and scientific professionalism. Needless to say, it is a pleasure to work with him on any task large or small.

Grady Price Blount,
Professor of Geology and Environmental Science
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

The following letter was received after presenting a talk at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute.  The talk was titled Protect the Natural Dune Seawall: Our First Line of Defense Against Hurricanes

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