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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.
Check out our latest newsletter

Check out our latest newsletter

This year began with a bang! Click on the image below to view our newsletter in ISSUU, a digital library or download the pdf version. 
Christina Bonsell Awarded University Fellowship

Christina Bonsell Awarded University Fellowship

Christina regularly dives in the Arctic for her research, which can be full of animals including the giant isopod on her head, pictured here. Courtesy image.Christina Bonsell, a Ph.D. graduate student, was recently awarded a University of Texas continuing fellowship for...
Around Campus with Ryan Hladyniuk

Around Campus with Ryan Hladyniuk

We sat down with Dr. Ryan Hladyniuk to talk about his penchant for trouble-shooting and why isotopes are important. Dr. Ryan Hladyniuk Position: Core Facilities Laboratory Manager Ryan Hladyniuk making note of sediment core features from an 18-meter long core obtained...
Volunteer Appreciation Event

Volunteer Appreciation Event

Volunteer Coordinator, Nicole Pringle, shows off her original art with instructor Marci Voorhees, owner of "The Horses Glass."Last Saturday, The University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI) and Mission-Aransas Reserve hosted a volunteer appreciation event. The program featured Marci Voorhees, owner...
Dispatches from the Gulf

Dispatches from the Gulf

Dr. Ed Buskey, UTMSI professor and lead scientist for one of the research projects featured in the film "Dispatches From The Gulf," participated in a special screening in Houston this week. Courtesy photo.The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill occurred 1,500 meters...
Dr. Chris Shank receives appreciation award

Dr. Chris Shank receives appreciation award

Dr. G. Christopher Shank is nominated to receive a University of Texas at Austin services for students with disabilities appreciation award.Dr. G. Christopher Shank was nominated this year to receive an appreciation award from The University of Texas at Austin services...
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Students Go Head-to-Head to Battle in the Regional Ocean Sciences Bowl

Students Go Head-to-Head to Battle in the Regional Ocean Sciences Bowl

PORT ARANSAS, Texas – This past Saturday, February 6, 2016 ten teams from seven schools throughout South Texas competed in the Loggerhead Challenge, the Southern Texas Regional competition of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB), which was hosted by Texas Sea...
Arctic science graces cover of Estuaries and Coasts

Arctic science graces cover of Estuaries and Coasts

Dr. Ken Dunton with the new print of the Estuaries and Coasts journal that was released this month. Credit: Sally Palmer, UTMSI.Dr. Ken Dunton’s photograph of Arctic estuaries is featured on the cover of this year’s journal of Estuaries and Coasts....
New Phyla of Microbes Identified

New Phyla of Microbes Identified

Kiley Seitz is a PhD graduate student with Dr. Brett Baker at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute. Her microbiology research is breaking new ground in how scientist’s think about microbes and how they are cycled throughout the ecosystems.Newly identified...
Joan Holt receives lifetime achievement award

Joan Holt receives lifetime achievement award

Professor Emeritus, Dr. Joan Holt, will be honored with the lifetime achievement award at the 36th annual Y Women In Career Awards on Thursday, March 3, 2016. The ceremony will celebrate Dr. Holt and six other women who serve their community through...
Around Campus with Steve Lanoux

Around Campus with Steve Lanoux

We sat down with Dr. Steve Lanoux to talk about his career and service to the university. Dr. Lanoux will retire at the end of January and looks forward to spending his time traveling. Dr. Steve Lanoux is the Assistant Director...
BLUE On Tour

BLUE On Tour

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas —An inspiring new environmental film festival is set to make waves in Corpus Christi this Saturday. The BLUE On Tour Film Festival will be screened for the first time ever in Corpus Christi January 23, 2016 at the...
Seeing Red

Seeing Red

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill spanned 87 days during which approximately 4 million barrels of crude oil were released into the northern Gulf of Mexico; making it the largest marine oil spill in U.S. history. British Petroleum soon after committed $500...
Ken Dunton receives prestigious 2016 Ramón Margalef Award for Excellence in Education

Ken Dunton receives prestigious 2016 Ramón Margalef Award for Excellence in Education

The Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, or ALSO, is the leading professional organization for researchers and educators in the field of aquatic science. It formed over 60 years ago and is best known for its journals and its interdisciplinary...
From Sea to Dune

From Sea to Dune

Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program (CBBEP) funds a new “Dunescape” in Port Aransas and a Sea-level Monitoring Program in Aransas Bay. Both projects will be implemented and managed by the Mission-Aransas Reserve at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute...
Reading between the lines – clams and climate

Reading between the lines – clams and climate

Students at the workshop competed in two teams to see who could correctly identify clams to the descriptions and pictures in Norman Tebble’s 1976 classic British Bivalve Seashells. Credit: Courtesy photo, ARAMACC.Some scientists can pick up a seemingly obscure clam and...
Seeley awarded conference travel funds

Seeley awarded conference travel funds

During the conference, Matt will present his work on the habitat use and trophic structure in Atlantic tarpon (Megalops atlanticus) using geochemical proxies in scales. Credit: Matt Seeley, UTMSI.Matt Seeley, a graduate student, was recently awarded travel funds from the Southern...
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So Many Activities, So Little Time

So Many Activities, So Little Time

Are you visiting Port Aransas or Rockport this winter? We have many opportunities for you to learn and enjoy the wonders of our marine environment. You won't be disappointed!   Wetlands Education Center ToursDid you ever want to visit and learn...
Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays

Season's greeting from The University of Texas Marine Science Institute. We hope your holidays will be filled with joy and laughter through the New Year!  
Student Spotlight: Christina Bonsell

Student Spotlight: Christina Bonsell

Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Ken Dunton Research Area: Ecology (phycology) Christina Bonsell and Dr. Ken Dunton model with their research subject the kelp Laminaria solidungula. Credit: Ted Dunton, UTMSI. Please tell us a little bit about your research project.  Kelp is an important...