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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.
Professor Ken Dunton featured in painting selected by U.S. State Department

Professor Ken Dunton featured in painting selected by U.S. State Department

Artist Bob Selby captures the collaboration of ecologists and the U.S. Coast Guard in the pursuit of knowledge in the vast Arctic Ocean. The painting “Chukchi Reach” received the 2014 George Gray Award and it is on view at the residence...
Annual Library Arts and Crafts Holiday Party

Annual Library Arts and Crafts Holiday Party

There was a wide variety of art from very talented UTMSI staff and friends. Credit: Liz DeHart, UTMSI. Dr. Steve Lanoux, Assistant Director Operations, (left) received the 2015 Environmental Hero Award. Presented by Jace Tunnell, Mission-Aransas Reserve Director, and Katie Swanson,...
Tony Amos awarded the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2014 Recovery Champion

Tony Amos awarded the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2014 Recovery Champion

Tony Amos is the Director of the Animal Rehabilitation Keep at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute, which promotes stewardship of our oceans by rescuing and releasing rehabilitated sea turtles and marine birds back to the wild. Credit: Theta Kenney,...
Read About Our Latest Activities

Read About Our Latest Activities

The fourth quarter edition of Marine Science News 2015 is out. Check out the newsletter for our latest activities (September through November). Happy Holidays! Download the PDF version.   
In Search of Spawning Aggregations in the Sea of Cortez

In Search of Spawning Aggregations in the Sea of Cortez

Story courtesy of Dr. Andrew Johnson, The Gulf of California Marine Program at SCRIPPS Institution of Oceanography (SIO) University of California San DiegoAndrew Johnson, Alfredo Barroso, Brad Erisman, David Ivan Castro and Timothy Rowell pose for a photo following a long reef dive....
What it Means to be a Sentinel Site

What it Means to be a Sentinel Site

Researchers with the Mission-Aransas Reserve at UTMSI are understanding how changes to sea level affect our marshes, mangroves and seagrass   WHY The primary focus of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System’s Sentinel Site Program is to understand changes in sea level...
Climate change likely to increase black carbon input to the Arctic Ocean - Jim McClelland joins UGA in recent study

Climate change likely to increase black carbon input to the Arctic Ocean - Jim McClelland joins UGA in recent study

Story courtesy of Mike Sullivan, University of Georgia University of Georgia Skidaway Institute of Oceanography scientist Aron Stubbins led a team of researchers, including Professor James McClelland from UTMSI, to determine the levels of black carbon in Arctic rivers and found that the...
Coastal Bend Bays Foundation Honors Marine Scientists

Coastal Bend Bays Foundation Honors Marine Scientists

Several researchers at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute were recognized tonight at the 13th Annual Conservation & Environmental Stewardship Awards Banquet hosted by the Coastal Bend Bays Foundation. Pictured left to right: Scott Holt and Ken Dunton were dual...
Shuting Liu receives Graduate School Dissertation Writing Fellowship

Shuting Liu receives Graduate School Dissertation Writing Fellowship

Shuting Liu, a Ph.D. student with Dr. Zhanfei Liu, received the spring 2016 Graduate School Dissertation Writing Fellowship. Her research seeks to understand how small microorganisms decompose organic matter in coastal seawater.   Want to learn more? Check out her recent manuscripts.  
It’s been a NOAA November

It’s been a NOAA November

UTMSI Director, Dr. Robert Dickey.UTMSI Director, Dr. Robert Dickey, participated in several advisory panels for the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) this month. Dr. Dickey has been a member of the NOAA Restoration Science Program Advisory Working Group since its inception....
Graduate student, Chris Biggs, wins big

Graduate student, Chris Biggs, wins big

SCRFA Chair/CEO Martin Russell, Chris Biggs, and SCRFA Executive Director Yvonne Sadovy. Courtesy Photo.Chris Biggs, a Ph.D. Student with Dr. Brad Erisman, recently received an award for his work on spawning aggregations. The Science and Conservation of Fish Aggregations (SCRFA) granted...
Chancellor William McRaven Comes to Town

Chancellor William McRaven Comes to Town

The South Texas Council Boy Scouts of America recognized Mr. Al Jones, Co-Chair and CEO of American Bank tonight as the 2015 South Texas Council Distinguished Citizen of the Year. UTMSI’s Director, Dr. Robert Dickey, and Director of External Affairs, Georgia...
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U.S. Department of State Indonesian Guests visit Port Aransas

U.S. Department of State Indonesian Guests visit Port Aransas

PORT ARANSAS, Texas – The U.S. Department of State invited six up-and-coming leaders from the nation of Indonesia to collaborate and learn about U.S. fisheries and management of our oceans. Last week's stop in Texas featured a visit of the research...
Scavengers of the deep sea

Scavengers of the deep sea

New study reveals that microbes that live in the deep sea are true scavengers. A paper released today in Nature Communications explains how microbiologist and oceanographers used genetics to figure out what dominant ocean microorganisms are eating. The scientists from the...
Migrations of the Fin and Wing Variety

Migrations of the Fin and Wing Variety

Sea trout will be the focus of a study by Dr. Brad Erisman to learn more about where they spawn. Credit: Evan D'Alessandro.PORT ARANSAS, Texas – Marine Scientists at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute have been awarded funds from...
Tracking Trash on Texas Beaches

Tracking Trash on Texas Beaches

The scientists use old-fashion hard-work to collect that marine debris to count all of the items in the survey area. Credit: Jace Tunnell.Ecologists with the Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve recently received a $51,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric...
Putting the Science into the Port Aransas Science Fair

Putting the Science into the Port Aransas Science Fair

The 2015 Science Fair at the H.G. Olsen Elementary School in Port Aransas was a success. Credit: Matt Khosh, The University of Texas Marine Science Institute.Last week was the Port Aransas Science Fair, which was a culmination of six weeks of...
Blue Carbon in Our Own Backyard

Blue Carbon in Our Own Backyard

Workshop participants learned about wetlands and how the carbon stored here is being used in the carbon market and GHG offset credits. Credit: Jace Tunnell, The University of Texas Marine Science Institute. PORT ARANSAS, Texas – Did you know that the...
Around Campus with Venus Mills

Around Campus with Venus Mills

We sat down with Venus to talk about who she is and why she bloomed where she was planted.Position: Administrative Associate, but “I love the title of secretary” Tell me a little bit about yourself.I like to say that I bloomed...
End to an Icy Field Season

End to an Icy Field Season

The 2015 field team from the University of Texas, Texas A&M University, and University of California - Santa Cruz. Credit: Lee Fuiman.Dr. Lee Fuiman and his research team just returned to from the Antarctic where they were conducting experiments to understand...