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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.
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...
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...
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...
Accepting Applications for Tenured Faculty Hire

Accepting Applications for Tenured Faculty Hire

The University of Texas at Austin invites applications for a tenured faculty position (Associate or Full Professor) in the Department of Marine Science. We seek an accomplished scientist with expertise in any discipline that investigates regional and/or global marine processes. Interdisciplinary...
Accepting Applications for the Doctoral Discovery Fellowship in Marine Science

Accepting Applications for the Doctoral Discovery Fellowship in Marine Science

The University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI) in Port Aransas, Texas invites applications for the 2022 Discovery Fellowship in Marine Science. This highly selective doctoral studies fellowship is open to recent graduates with a bachelor or master of science degree....
An influx of new faculty at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute

An influx of new faculty at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute

As the fall semester kicks off, The University of Texas Marine Science Institute welcomes four incoming assistant professors to its ranks, Drs. Kristin Nielsen, Jessica O’Connell, Jordan Casey, and Simon Brandl. Dr. Kristin Nielsen is an aquatic toxicologist with a research...
Madrid Named National Academies Science Policy Fellow

Madrid Named National Academies Science Policy Fellow

Recent graduate, Miranda Madrid was awarded one of eight Science Policy Fellowships by the Gulf Research Program (GRP) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Miranda graduated this summer with a master of science and presented her work on “Detecting and responding...
Marine Science News 2nd Quarter Edition is out

Marine Science News 2nd Quarter Edition is out

Marine Science News is the newsletter of The University of Texas Marine Science Institute. Click on the image below to view the newsletter 2nd Quarter Edition of 2021.
ARK Program Available for Tours

ARK Program Available for Tours

The Amos Rehabilitation Keep (ARK) at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute has been rehabilitating and caring for injured birds and marine animals since 1982, and soon they will be opening their doors to the public. The organization recently completed...
Sea Turtle Release

Sea Turtle Release

This past Saturday, 10 sea turtles (4 Kemp's Ridleys, 5 green, 1 loggerhead) were released back into the wild.  The Amos Rehabilitation Keep (ARK) at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute housed and recuperated the turtles that were brought in for...
Teachers on the Estuary Workshop

Teachers on the Estuary Workshop

The Mission-Aransas Reserve will be hosting a FREE Teachers On The Estuary (TOTE) Workshop this summer for middle and high school teachers in the Coastal Bend Region: “Marine Plastic Pollution: current research and community environmental movements” on July 26-28, 2021 at...
New Nurdle Patrol App

New Nurdle Patrol App

Since the Nurdle Patrol Citizen Science Project was created in 2018, by the Mission-Aransas Reserve at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute, the effort to record and track nurdles on beaches and bays have grown into a large network with...
Five Marine Mom Facts You Didn’t Know

Five Marine Mom Facts You Didn’t Know

1. Deep sea octopus has the longest pregnancy. Researchers recently observed a deep-sea octopus mother brooding her eggs for 53 months – a whopping four and a half years. The octopus’s unique scars allow them to identify and then checked on...
Wetlands Education Center Tours

Wetlands Education Center Tours

What: Guided Wetland Walks When: Tuesday and Thursday at 9 a.m. Where: 855 East Cotter Ave., Port Aransas TX (Meet at the trailhead)   This May 11, 2021, the University of Texas Marine Science Institute will reopen its Wetlands Education Center...
Mother Nature Helped, Now Our Part; Removing Invasive Species 

Mother Nature Helped, Now Our Part; Removing Invasive Species 

Like many tropical plants that were destroyed from the prolonged February freeze, the heat-loving Brazilian peppertree, experienced a significant defoliation. However, these invasive shrubs are starting regrow from the base and local organizations are taking advantage of freeze impacts to ensure...