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Teachers on the Estuary

Teachers on the Estuary

Last week, 14 science and math teachers from middle and high schools through-out the coastal region of Texas immersed themselves in an intensive training course in estuary ecology and human connections. The three-day experience brought them face to face with tiny...
Mother Nature Adapts to Care for Her Nurseries

Mother Nature Adapts to Care for Her Nurseries

A new study finds that river systems can remediate the effects of wastewater influences during droughts. A team of chemists and biologists studied two South Texas rivers to understand how droughts change the nutrients in the rivers and the estuaries they flow...
Read our Newsletter

Read our Newsletter

Greetings! Marine Science News is the newsletter of The University of Texas Marine Science Institute. Click the image to view the 2nd Quarter edition of 2017.  
International Learning

International Learning

Earlier this spring Jace Tunnell, Director of the Mission-Aransas Reserve, helped 5th grade students from Shenzhen, China at BASIS International Shenzhen learn about environmental change processes occurring in estuaries. Earlier this spring, Jace Tunnell helped 5th grade students from Shenzhen, China at...
U.S. Department of State Guests visit Port Aransas

U.S. Department of State Guests visit Port Aransas

The U.S. Department of State invited eight up-and-coming leaders from the nations around the world to collaborate and learn about U.S. management and sustainability practices of our oceans. Tony Amos, Director of the Animal Rehabilitation Keep, talks to invited guests about...
Student Spotlight: Erin Reed

Student Spotlight: Erin Reed

Congratulations to our newest Master of Science, Erin Reed! We sat down with Erin recently to learn more about her research and how she hopes to create a long-lasting impact on fisheries science. Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Brad Erisman Research Area: Fisheries Ecology...
Piggy Perch on the Move

Piggy Perch on the Move

If you’re an angler, you may be intimately familiar with a piggy perch. These small, seemingly inconsequential fish are a highly sought-after bait for catching trout and redfish. Doctoral student Zhenxin Hou measures a piggy perch. The fish will accompany several...
Birding 101 - Registration is Open!

Birding 101 - Registration is Open!

Each summer, children 7-16 years discover the joy of birding by participating in the class "Birding 101 for Kids." These introductory classes are designed to teach students the fundamentals of bird identification and at the same time give them a...
Study Analyzes Trends and Gaps in Oil Spill Literature Since 1968

Study Analyzes Trends and Gaps in Oil Spill Literature Since 1968

Researchers surveyed oil spill studies between 1968 and 2015 to characterize the field and describe changes. The team found that, despite its episodic nature, oil spill research is a rapidly expanding field with a growth rate greater than science as a...
Scientists Receive President's Outstanding Staff Award

Scientists Receive President's Outstanding Staff Award

Two research scientist associates from the Marine Science Institute, Kim Jackson and Jeff Kaiser, were awarded this year’s The University of Texas President's Outstanding Staff Award for their dedication to promoting advances in research and cultivating a learning atmosphere for the...
Director Speaks at Oil Spill Response Conference in Russia

Director Speaks at Oil Spill Response Conference in Russia

Director, Dr. Robert Dickey, just returned as an invited speaker from a workshop held on April 5-6, 2017, in Moscow, Russia. The purpose of the meeting was to review the “Deepwater Horizon Well Blowout; spill response lessons learnt – effectiveness and...
13th Annual Texas Bays and Estuaries Meeting

13th Annual Texas Bays and Estuaries Meeting

On April 12th and 13th The University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI) and Mission-Aransas Reserve hosted the thirteenth annual Texas Bays and Estuaries Meeting. The meeting featured distinguished speakers, Drs. Wes Tunnell and Lisa Campbell, as well as presentations from...
Holt’s New Book is a Resource for Raising Coral Reef Species

Holt’s New Book is a Resource for Raising Coral Reef Species

Dr. Joan Holt may have retired from research and teaching, but she sure hasn’t slowed down. In March, the professor emerita and her co-editors, Drs. Calado, Olivotto, and Oliver, saw the fruits of their labor come to pass when their book...
Taking Science to the Community

Taking Science to the Community

The University of Texas Marine Science Institute hosted “Science Night” in coordination with the Port Aransas Independent School District this past February. Science Night was an opportunity for elementary and middle school students and their families to learn about the unique...
Immersing Educators in Science Learning

Immersing Educators in Science Learning

This past March, a group of education leaders and practitioners from across south Texas convened to immerse themselves in the research and theories of teaching and learning science. This “Reflecting on Practice” workshop was hosted at The University of Texas Marine...
Students and Scientists Hone Their Skills in a Writing Workshop

Students and Scientists Hone Their Skills in a Writing Workshop

Dr. Tom Lindsay discusses strategies for writing documents that are concise with a structured flow and logic.Students and postdoctoral fellows developed their writing skills with a full-day workshop and writing retreat last week. Drs. Sara Saylor and Tom Lindsay from The...
Sea Turtle Nesting Season Begins on the Texas Coast

Sea Turtle Nesting Season Begins on the Texas Coast

Keep your eyes peeled while on the beach because the sea turtle nesting season along the Texas coast begins on April 1, 2017. Visitors to Texas beaches can help protect the most critically endangered sea turtle in the world, the Kemp’s...
CCA Awards Tunnell Duo

CCA Awards Tunnell Duo

At their annual banquet, held this March, the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) Texas Corpus Christi Chapter honored Dr. Wes Tunnell and his son Jace Tunnell for their conservation efforts. Dr. Wes Tunnell received the Conservation Lifetime Achievement Award and Jace Tunnell was honored...
The Science of Aquaculture

The Science of Aquaculture

Tune in to hear Dr. Lee Fuiman and Jeff Kaiser discuss fisheries and aquaculture research projects at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas. Topics include snook, state record flounder, pigfish as a bait, spawning fish, “Pepper” the...
Regional Science Bowl Showcases Local Talent

Regional Science Bowl Showcases Local Talent

Student discusses marine science problem. Image courtesy of Texas Sea Grant (Rhonda Cummins).This past Saturday, February 18, 2017 fifteen teams from nine schools throughout South Texas competed for the opportunity to win the Loggerhead Challenge. The Loggerhead Challenge is the Southern...