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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.
Summer Science Registration Open

Summer Science Registration Open

Registration will open FEBRUARY 18th for students who attend school in the Coastal Bend and MARCH 4th for all!   UT Summer Science is an exciting, inquiry-based learning experience for students entering 3rd through 8th grade. Working alongside marine scientists from the University of Texas,...
Local Fishing Organization Supports Research to Put Eyes on the Shore

Local Fishing Organization Supports Research to Put Eyes on the Shore

The Mission-Aransas Reserve at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute just received two donations; one from the Flatsworthy, Inc. and Patagonia for $5,000 and one for $889 from Flatsworthy, Inc. in memory of Christopher “Chip” Pitcarin. These new funds will...
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...
When First is Not to Win

When First is Not to Win

Texas leads Gulf of Mexico states in beach pollution. A recent study documents that Texas shorelines, specifically those in the Coastal Bend region, accumulate 10 times more trash than those in the north central Gulf states of Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida....
When the Dunes Turn Blue

When the Dunes Turn Blue

A team of young and enthusiastic workers wielding chainsaws and herbicide have descended upon the Coastal Bend region to help destroy invasive plant species leaving blue dunes in their wake. The blue is actually temporary dye in herbicide that allows the...
Aransas Channel May be the Heart of Sportfish Populations

Aransas Channel May be the Heart of Sportfish Populations

The Texas State Aquarium is investing in fisheries research at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI) to help understand the fish use of shipping channels and passes. The Texas State Aquarium is collaborating with researchers to understand how, when, and...
A Little Holiday Reading

A Little Holiday Reading

Happy Holidays from The University of Texas Marine Science Institute! Click on the image below to read our fourth quarter newsletter of 2018.  
Now Hiring Captain Position

Now Hiring Captain Position

The University of Texas Marine Science Institute is now hiring a captain for the R/V Katy. The R/V Katy is a 57-foot trawler. It is a floating classroom and a key component of the education and outreach program. Consider this fulfilling...
Putting For Purpose Raises Money for Reserve

Putting For Purpose Raises Money for Reserve

The Port of Corpus Christi's annual Putting for a Purpose Golf Tournament with all proceeds benefiting the Mission-Aransas Reserve was held at the North Shore Country Club the last weekend of October. The event raised $10,950 for the Mission-Aransas Reserve. “We...
Waste in our Waterways

Waste in our Waterways

From nurdles to water bottle accumulation rates, plastic waste in Texas coastal oceans and watersheds were the topics of discussion in the first Texas Plastic Pollution Symposium hosted on Tuesday, October 30th by the Mission-Aransas Reserve and The University of Texas...
New Book Dives into the Coral Reef Management

New Book Dives into the Coral Reef Management

Coral reefs are in peril and a new book, "Managing Coral Reefs," written by Dr. Kelly Dunning at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute and Mission-Aransas Reserve describes how two different countries in Southeast Asia use two drastically different approaches...
Going Green

Going Green

PORT ARANSAS - When local governments and city planners think about roadways and shorelines, they might use Kermit-the-Frog’s refrain “it’s not easy being green.” Often the use plants for flood mitigation or erosion control is not a common strategy, which may...
The Gulf of Mexico gets its Physical

The Gulf of Mexico gets its Physical

A new report has just been released that delivers a plan to gauge the health of Gulf of Mexico ecosystems. The Northern Gulf of Mexico and all of the habitats within it are big, and it takes big-picture thinking to accurately...
Clinging for life; blue crabs run the gauntlet of currents

Clinging for life; blue crabs run the gauntlet of currents

If you’ve ever been to the beach when the baby blue crabs are in season, you’ll know it. These small, larval, versions of the yummy entrees look like rain droplets. They are small but mighty and can become quite a nuisance...
SeaWorld Announces New Partnership with ARK

SeaWorld Announces New Partnership with ARK

SeaWorld San Antonio & Aquatica recently announced a new partnership with the Amos Rehabilitation Keep. This partnership will begin with the construction of a new, interactive sea turtle attraction called Turtle Reef at the SeaWorld park in San Antonio to be...
Like cracking a code of hieroglyphics, chemists decipher the previously secret structure of matter

Like cracking a code of hieroglyphics, chemists decipher the previously secret structure of matter

Several thousands of years ago, when the pharaohs ruled ancient Egypt, organic matter in the oceans like seagrass and by products of fish waste created during their time is just now breaking down and transferred back into the atmosphere. Dissolved organic...
Biologists Monitoring Red Tide

Biologists Monitoring Red Tide

The University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI) scientists confirmed that samples from the Port Aransas Ship Channel had low to moderate numbers of Karenia brevis, which is a type of microscopic alga that can cause a red tide bloom when...
Texas Plastic Pollution Symposium

Texas Plastic Pollution Symposium

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Del Mar Center for Economic Development 3209 South Staples Street Corpus Christi, Texas 78411 Poster session will be from 5:30 - 7 p.m. at the Texas Surf Museum (309 N Water St,...
Building Resilient Labs for Resilient Researchers

Building Resilient Labs for Resilient Researchers

A tight knit group of 125 dedicated scientists and staff at The University of Texas’s Marine Science Institute sat in awe around the weather channel one year ago when the small coastal town of Port Aransas was devastated as Harvey, a...
Sharing Storm Science, More than Hot Air

Sharing Storm Science, More than Hot Air

One-year later scientists converged to discuss Hurricane Harvey impacts. Hurricane Harvey was a unique storm that impacted all of Texas, including the plants and animals in our bays and estuaries. Researchers from across the state and beyond came together today, August...