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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...
Summer Science Registration Open for Coastal Bend residents

Summer Science Registration Open for Coastal Bend residents

This year's Summer Science themes are "Motion of the Ocean: Senses and Sensations in the Sea" and "Go with the Flow: Land-Sea Connections!" Summer Science 2017 registration is now open for Coastal Bend residents! Registration for students in all other areas...
Joan Holt to Receive Harvey Weil Professional Conservationist of the Year Award

Joan Holt to Receive Harvey Weil Professional Conservationist of the Year Award

Dr. Joan Holt will receive the Harvey Weil Professional Conservationist of the Year award this March 18, 2017. Courtesy photo. Professor Emeritis, Dr. Joan Holt, will be honored with the Harvey Weil Professional Conservationist of the Year award on Saturday March...
Women in Marine Science

Women in Marine Science

Researcher and graduate student, Victoria Congdon (in orange), teaches girls about seaweed and the animals that depend upon it. Photo credit: Amanda Taylor.Zooplankton bingo was just one of the exciting brain teasers that was offered at last weekend’s Women in Marine...
Reed Earns Scholarship

Reed Earns Scholarship

Erin Reed, a graduate student studying the spawning patterns of local fish, recently received a Harry Tennison Scholarship by the Sportsmen's Club of Fort Wort. Pictured here with Mike Morgan, Coastal Ecologist with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Courtesy photo.We’re...
Black Recognized in International Science Community

Black Recognized in International Science Community

Dr. Bryan Black was recently recognized by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea for his service through his leadership of a group of scientists from across the world. Dr. Black is an associate professor whose research is determining...