Rafael Hernani Jose is an international student from the South African nation of Angola. In 2015 he began his undergraduate studies at Purdue University - Fort Wayne in pursuit of a computer science degree. However, halfway through his freshman year, he decided to change his major to geographic information sciences and moved to Corpus Christi, which he has called home ever since. Rafael received his BS in Geographic Information Science from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in the summer of 2020 and began working toward his master’s degree in Geospatial Systems Engineering the following fall semester.
Drawn to the work of Dr. Paul Montagna’s research on the benthic footprint left by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Rafael joined the HydroEcology Lab at the Harte Research Institute in the spring of 2021. As a graduate research assistant, he is studying salinity vulnerability in Corpus Christi and Nueces Bays.