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Sally Palmer is the Communications Coordinator for The University of Texas Marine Science Institute. She received a bachelor of science in marine biology from the University of Rhode Island and earned a masters degree in marine science from the University of Texas at Austin in 2001. Prior to her position handling communications, Sally served as the Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve Manager. She also has research experience with benthic ecology, hypoxia, and ecosystem dynamics. Since 2006, Sally has help secure over $16 million in funding for administration, research and construction of educational facilities.
Turtles headed for release

Turtles headed for release

The winter storm Uri caused damage and hardship across the state of Texas. The effects were felt state-wide include along the Texas shoreline as thousands of sea turtles became stranded in the largest cold stun event ever recorded. As of 2/22/21...
ARK Takes in Turtles - Freezing Temperatures Stunning Sea Turtles

ARK Takes in Turtles - Freezing Temperatures Stunning Sea Turtles

The severe winter weather caused power outages, road closures, water pressure issues. It is also having a dramatic impact on the local wildlife. The recent freezing temperatures are causing many sea turtles in the bays to become stunned by the cold....
Losing Land and What it Means

Losing Land and What it Means

The northern Alaska coast is losing up to 1.3 square miles of land every year to the sea which is equivalent to the area of Central Park in New York City. This loss of land has a dramatic impact on local...
UTMSI Marina Opens

UTMSI Marina Opens

The University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI) is very pleased to officially reopen its marina. The marina was created in the 1950s to facilitate easy access to the Gulf of Mexico and local bay systems. The marina serves the Institute’s...
Marine Science News

Marine Science News

2020 was a year to remember and we hope that you are all well. Please click the image below to view the Marine Science News, 4th Quarter edition of 2020.
Mapping Microplastics

Mapping Microplastics

Microplastics and plastic pellet contamination in local bays received national attend last year when petrochemical company Formosa Plastics agreed to pay $50 million in the largest-ever settlement of a lawsuit linked to the federal Clean Water Act. A portion of that...
Public Lecture Series Goes Virtual and Expands

Public Lecture Series Goes Virtual and Expands

The 2021 UTMSI Public Lecture Series is virtual and combined with the new Texas Science Festival. Free and open to science enthusiasts everywhere, the Texas Science Festival (Feb 16 - March 26) is a celebration of discovery and learning. Registration for...
Shining Light on Oil

Shining Light on Oil

A new study in Organic Geochemistry shines light on how sunlight likely changed Deepwater Horizon oil chemically and potentially made it more toxic and longer lasting. When the Deepwater Horizon well blew in 2010, it spewed 4.9 million barrels of crude...
Coastal Bend Bays Foundation Recognizes Staff and Program

Coastal Bend Bays Foundation Recognizes Staff and Program

This year is the 18th year that the Coastal Bend Bays Foundation hosts its Annual Conservation & Environmental Stewardship Awards Banquet and UTMSI is honored to have two recipients of the awards: Kristin Evans, Education Coordinator for the Mission-Aransas Reserve, and...
Marine Science Literature for Desalinization & Channel Deepening Projects

Marine Science Literature for Desalinization & Channel Deepening Projects

In July of 2018, the Port of Corpus Christi announced they were seeking a permit for a desalinization plant proposed for construction on Harbor Island in Port Aransas, Texas that would allow an average daily output flow of up to 95,600,000...
Marine Science News, 3rd Quarter Edition 2020

Marine Science News, 3rd Quarter Edition 2020

Greetings, The weather is supposed to be cool this weekend, but the science continues to heat up. We have many exciting discoveries and news. Please click the image below to view the Marine Science News, 3rd Quarter edition of 2020.
The Spark of Fertilization Captured by UT Marine Scientists

The Spark of Fertilization Captured by UT Marine Scientists

It has been known for the last decade that zinc plays a critical role in reproduction in mammals, but a manuscript released today in Scientific Reports describe the first ever recorded evidence of a zinc spark in fish. A zinc spark...
The Eyes Have It

The Eyes Have It

Study reveals that Weddell seals primarily use sight to find obscure breathing holes Until now, no one knew how Weddell seals navigate the ice-covered waters to locate breathing holes. Finding their way back to a breathing hole under the Antarctic ice...
Chemist receives NSF Bold Idea Award

Chemist receives NSF Bold Idea Award

Where does plastic in the ocean go? Marine chemist Dr. Zhanfei Liu, Professor at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute seeks to provide the answer. In an announcement today, by the National Science Foundation, Liu was one of the researchers...
Marine Science News

Marine Science News

Greetings! We hope that you are all healthy and doing well. Click the image below to view The University of Texas Marine Science Institute’s newsletter, 2nd Quarter edition of 2020.
Listening to Seagrass

Listening to Seagrass

Seagrasses are some of the earth’s most productive habitats producing a significant fraction of oxygen to the atmosphere. The exact amount of oxygen is unknown because present day techniques lack the sophistication to measure oxygen. A new interdisciplinary endeavor at the...
Red Snapper Review Confirms Structure Most Important

Red Snapper Review Confirms Structure Most Important

The heart of the red snapper fishery is the Gulf of Mexico and their populations have fluctuated throughout the decades. Efforts to manage the fishery and the popularity of the fish has resulted in a large volume of research dedicated to...
Invited Paper contributes to Food Chain Understanding

Invited Paper contributes to Food Chain Understanding

Fatty acids are essential to life, and almost every animal needs to get many of them from their diet. As such, they are great biomarkers to figure out who is eating whom in animal populations. In a new thematic issue released...
Changing the Code: New Naming System for Microbes

Changing the Code: New Naming System for Microbes

The long-standing rules for assigning scientific names to bacteria and archaea are overdue for an update, according to a new consensus statement backed by 119 microbiologists from around the globe. Bacteria and archaea (single-celled organisms that lack cell nuclei) make up...
Patton Donates $1 Million to Flounder Research

Patton Donates $1 Million to Flounder Research

In Texas and throughout the South, Southern Flounder are a favorite among anglers and seafood enthusiasts. The bad news is Southern Flounder populations across the South and Southeastern U.S. have been in decline since the 1970s. One man has taken on...
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