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Discovery Starts Here

  • Housed at the Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas, Texas.
  • First marine laboratory on the Gulf Coast, established in 1941.
  • First to spawn redfish, flounder, croaker and cobia in captivity.
  • Manages the Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve, which at 186,189 acres is the third largest estuarine reserve in the nation.
  • Science and the SeaTM radio program is heard on 234 affiliates in 46 states and in 52 countries.
  • 4,175 K–12 school children, 50 K–12 teachers and 25,000–30,000 visitors to Visitor Centers annually.
  • Received $16.3 million Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Grant to understand how oil spill disperses in the Gulf of Mexico and how it affects the Gulf ecology.
  • Leads Texas in mapping of seagrass. Over 95% of the seagrass on our coast has been characterized.
  • Manages the Beaufort Sea Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program along the northern Alaskan Arctic coastline in the Beaufort Sea that is focused on studying the relationship of seasons and Arctic ecosystems.
  • Scientists bring in more than $9 for every $1 the state spends on the institute.
  • Amos Rehabilitation Keep rescues and rehabilitates thousands of animals annually.

The Marine Science Institute is dedicated to understanding and sharing our knowledge of the world's oceans and coasts - critical ecosystems for the health and future of humanity and the earth.


19 Undergraduate majors
22 Graduate
Enrollment (fall 2020)


14 faculty
7 Postdoctoral / Research Fellows 
1 Ramon Margalef Award for Excellence in Education
1 YWCA Lifetime Acheivement Award
1 Sloan Fellow

1 Gulf Research Program Fellow


Administration - 9
Support - 75


Red tide / Oil spills / Hypoxia and dead zones / Climate change / Drug development / Larval fish ecology / Fish migration / Captive spawning / Ciguatera / Ocean acidification / Nitrogen fixation / Biodiversity / Land-ocean linkages

Affiliated Centers

Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve

Beaufort Sea Long Term Ecological Research (LTER)