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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.
Anthony Amos, A True Crusader

Anthony Amos, A True Crusader

The University of Texas Marine Science Institute and the Texas’ Gulf Coast lost a true crusader for our coastal beaches and its wildlife. Anthony F. Amos, died Monday, September 4, 2017 at the age of 80 from complications of pancreatic...
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Hurricane Update and UTMSI Resources

Hurricane Update and UTMSI Resources

The University of Texas Marine Science Institute sustained significant damage throughout the campus from Hurricane Harvey. The majority of our buildings and vehicles experienced water penetration in range of severity from minor to extensive due to roof failures, window blow-outs, and...
Hurricane Update

Hurricane Update

This is an update on Hurricane Harvey Resources and Emergency Leave Timekeeping for UTMSI as of September 1st, 9:30 p.m. To:  All UTMSI Employees From:  Human Resources Subject: Hurricane Harvey Resources and Emergency Leave Timekeeping for UTMSI Our thoughts continue to...
Port Aransas Pigfish Take a Ride to San Luis

Port Aransas Pigfish Take a Ride to San Luis

For the last few years, fisheries scientist Dr. Lee Fuiman and his team have been diligently working to perfect aquaculture practices for pigfish, a very popular baitfish that is a favorite of anglers and spotted seatrout alike. The goal of the...
Gardner passes the baton, or shall we say pen

Gardner passes the baton, or shall we say pen

After a tenure of eight years, Professor Emeritus and biogeochemist Dr. Wayne Garner, finished his term as Co-Editor-in-Chief of Estuaries and Coasts on December 31st this past year. Since the time he took over the co-editorship in 2008, the journals impact...
Summer Scholars

Summer Scholars

If you’d like to re-live your days as a student on the beach, the blog posts from our summer student program entitled REUisME is a great way to live virtually through very talented young scientists.  REUiSME is an acronym for Research...
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...