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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.
Annual 8th Grade Brundrett Research Symposium

Annual 8th Grade Brundrett Research Symposium

Over the course of the academic year, 8th graders from Brundrett Middle School have been completing environmental sampling in Port Aransas, TX. With this data, they have been investigating research questions such as "What local area has the most nutrients; marsh or beach?" or "How does...
Water, water everywhere

Water, water everywhere

As the school year comes to a close we had the pleasure of hosting all of Brundrett Middle School students from Port Aransas in a Water Awareness Day. The event featured eight stations each with a special learning point about the...
Listening In

Listening In

A “Sounds of the Estuary” workshop was hosted by the Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute last week on May 12th. The workshop featured presentations on soundscaping and bioacoustics research with a demonstration of field...
Marine Science News

Marine Science News

We're pleased to release the first quarter newsletter for 2022, the 28th issue. Click on the image below to read more about our discoveries, education programs, facility improvements, and upcoming events.    Click here to download a PDF copy.   
Spring is Here and So is the City Nature Challenge 

Spring is Here and So is the City Nature Challenge 

City dwellers have many opportunities to explore their natural surroundings with the annual City Nature Challenge (CNC). The Challenge is a competition to see who can submit the most observations about nature. Local groups are offering several programs on land and...
Ground Breaking Ceremony for Student and Scholar Housing Complex

Ground Breaking Ceremony for Student and Scholar Housing Complex

The University of Texas Marine Science Institute is pleased to announce the start and groundbreaking for our student housing project—the first since 1970. We want to thank Representative Todd Hunter, The University of Texas at Austin and the UT Board of...
Calling all Teachers – Summer Workshops

Calling all Teachers – Summer Workshops

We are offering two great workshops for teachers this summer: FROM LABS TO LEARNING Teachers creating Problem‐Based Learning Units from Ocean Acidification Research Discover and learn about ocean acidification - what it is, how to teach it, and how it will...
Summer Science Registration is Open

Summer Science Registration is Open

UT Summer Science is an exciting, inquiry-based learning experience for youth entering 3rd through 8th grade. Throughout the week, participants will be immersed in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) engagements that take them outside of the classroom and...
Study reveals trade-offs between ecosystem resistance and resilience to tropical cyclones

Study reveals trade-offs between ecosystem resistance and resilience to tropical cyclones

Findings can help managers enhance coastal recovery and restoration efforts PORT ARANSAS – In a new study of the ecological impacts of hurricanes, an international research team, including four researchers from the University of Texas Marine Science Institute, addresses a question that...
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...
Vitamin Sea: Why Coral Reef Fish Eat Poop

Vitamin Sea: Why Coral Reef Fish Eat Poop

Did you know that Caribbean parrotfishes and surgeonfishes eat poop? A study released this week in Coral Reefs is the first to document and explain what may be driving this behavior. These abundant fishes are best known for the important role...
Cold Stun Turtles Get Released

Cold Stun Turtles Get Released

The recent cold weather event was not nearly as severe as the winter storm of 2021, but the cold temperatures still caused many sea turtles to become stunned. The Amos Rehabilitation Keep (ARK) at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute...
Latest Newsletter, 4th Qtr 2021

Latest Newsletter, 4th Qtr 2021

Check out our latest newsletter with features on research and activities from October through December of last year. Click on the image below to view digital format. Download PDF here. 
From Road to Table: tire particle impacts on fish species

From Road to Table: tire particle impacts on fish species

Contamination from roadways and runoff have long been cause for concern, but a recently identified breakdown product of tires - called 6PPD-quinone - has been raising alarms ever since its toxicity to salmon fisheries in the Pacific Northwest was discovered early...
Friends of the ARK (FOTA) Donates $100,000

Friends of the ARK (FOTA) Donates $100,000

2021 cumulated with a big bang for the Amos Rehabilitation Keep (ARK). The non-profit Friends of the ARK (FOTA), raised $100,000 over the course of nine months and presented the check to the ARK just before the holidays. The funds will...
UT Leadership Comes to the Coast

UT Leadership Comes to the Coast

The University of Texas at Austin leadership, including President Jay Hartzell, Executive Vice President and Provost Sharon Wood, Vice President for Research Dan Jaffe, Dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies Brent Iverson and College of Natural Sciences Dean David Vanden...
Fun Facts You Never Knew About Coral Reefs

Fun Facts You Never Knew About Coral Reefs

We celebrate this Coral Week, November 28-December 4 with discoveries made about coral reefs and the fish that surround them by our Marine Science Institute researchers.     Similar to cryptocurrency, tiny fish called crypotbethics are fueling coral reefs Little known...
Rare box jelly that packs a sting is found in Port Aransas

Rare box jelly that packs a sting is found in Port Aransas

Scientific observations can happen when you least expect it. Dr. Brad Gemmell, a visiting alumni and Associate Professor at University of South Florida, and his mentor Dr. Edward Buskey, Interim Director at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute, were strolling...
Applications Open for Assistant Professor

Applications Open for Assistant Professor

The College of Natural Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin invites applications for tenure-track faculty positions from impactful researchers, teachers and scholarly community builders, who are also committed to building a diverse and inclusive educational environment. The College is...
Celebrating our Hispanic Scientists

Celebrating our Hispanic Scientists

This Hispanic Heritage month, September 15th-October 15th, we recognize some of our Hispanic scientists and celebrate their work and contributions to marine scientist.  Dr. Valerie De Anda is a Research Associate and is using computational biology to understand the microbial ecology...