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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.
Student Spotlight: Matt Khosh

Student Spotlight: Matt Khosh

We sat down with PhD student, Matt Khosh, to understand why rivers are important and what it's like to work in the Arctic.    Matt Khosh Faculty Supervisor: Jim McClelland Research Area: River Biogeochemistry Please tell us a little bit about...
Microbes watch out, there’s a new doctor in town

Microbes watch out, there’s a new doctor in town

Dr. Brett Baker is the newest addition to the faculty at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute. Marine microbes include a very broad spectrum of microscopic organisms (microalgae, bacteria, archaea, protozoa, fungi and viruses). They are ubiquitous, inhabiting every niche...
Mission-Aransas Reserve has a new website

Mission-Aransas Reserve has a new website

The Mission-Aransas Reserve has revamped their website: www.missionaransas.orgAccess data, watch videos of facilities and programs, stay up to speed on the latest events, and checkout the facebook feed on the homepage. Enjoy!
Monitoring the Marsh

Monitoring the Marsh

Katie Swanson, Stewardship Coordinator for the Mission-Aransas Reserve at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute, discusses the importance of marsh monitoring and how the data is used. To find out more information about what research and education the Reserve is...
Around Campus with Captain Frank Ernst

Around Campus with Captain Frank Ernst

Captain Frank Ernst is the captain of UTMSI'S small boat fleet and the Dive Safety Officer. Credit: Frank Ernst.We sat down with Frank Ernst for a chat about who he is and what it is like to be on and under...
Sea Cucumber Surgery

Sea Cucumber Surgery

Coastal Beaufort Sea with a view of the Brooks Range. Credit: Carrie Harris.Graduate student Carolynn Harris, shares her adventures aboard the research vessel Norseman II. You can follow Carolynn adventures at: https://carolynnmharris.wordpress.com/blog/ I spent the first week of August back aboard the Norseman II...
UTMSI Honors Advocates

UTMSI Honors Advocates

Three longtime advocates for The University of Texas Marine Science Institute were inducted into the Director’s Honor Society. The Honorable Todd Hunter of Corpus Christi, Mrs. Edith McAllister of San Antonio, and Ben Vaughan, III (not pictured) of Austin were honored...
Teachers on the Estuary

Teachers on the Estuary

Teachers, rear - Karen Lyssy, 8th grade; front - Laura Weaver, 11th grade, conduct water quality testing aboard kayaks on the Mission River. Credit: Nicole Pringle. This summer, 14 middle and high school teachers from 13 different Coastal Bend School Districts...
Student Spotlight: Kathyrn Thompson

Student Spotlight: Kathyrn Thompson

Kathryn collects a pinfish in a seine during the 2014 Estuarine Ecology class field trip to South Padre Island. Credit: Kathyrn Thompson.We sat down with Kathyrn Thompson this past summer to learn about her Semester by the Sea project. Semester by...
Researchers keep their cool in Alaska

Researchers keep their cool in Alaska

Ken Dunton, Susan Schonberg, Christina Bonsell, and Carrie Harris on the ship’s working deck in our standard working gear against a backdrop of ice floe. Researchers at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute are on the RV Norseman II sampling off...
Around campus with Jace Tunnell

Around campus with Jace Tunnell

Undergraduate students  Cypress Hansen, Eduardo Perez Vega, and Tricia Light sat down and talked to Jace Tunnell about being the Director of the Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve. Jace Tunnell, director of the Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve (Reserve), gave the July...
Student Spotlight: John Mohan

Student Spotlight: John Mohan

Graduate student, John Mohan, studies the migratory ecology of fish. Credit: John Mohan.We sat down with John Mohan to talk about about why he studies fish and what he hopes to accomplish. John successfully defended his dissertation today - Congratulations John!...
Harbor Island Research

Harbor Island Research

Harbor Island has been in the news recently due to the new leases for mooring barges. Harbor Island has been used for facilitating the transfer of industrial goods since the early 1900s. It is also an area valued for its aesthetics...
On the air

On the air

UTMSI’s Dr. Andrew Esbaugh was a featured guest speaker for Minnesota Public Radio’s Climate Cast. You can listen to the story at http://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/16/bcst-climate-cast-oceans
Some cone snail's venom is thousand times more powerful than morphine

Some cone snail's venom is thousand times more powerful than morphine

This week on Science and the Sea: Lethal Snails By Damond BenningfieldThe geographic cone snail was already known as a quiet killer. It’s only a few inches long. And like many other species of cone snail, it lurks at the bottom...
Around campus with Jim Moreno

Around campus with Jim Moreno

We sat down with Jim Moreno for a chat about who he is and what it takes to keep our campus safe. Jim Moreno Position: Guard Supervisor Tell us a little bit about yourself.I was born in Taft, Texas. I was...
Oil and Plankton: DROPPS Takes a Closer Look Using Laser Technology

Oil and Plankton: DROPPS Takes a Closer Look Using Laser Technology

Small scale experiment in lab. Credit: Jeffery Cordero.The interactions of plankton with oil droplets is a fascinating but relatively unexplored area. Scientists in the DROPPS Consortium previously looked at oil droplets rising though thin layer of plankton to see how they...
Climate change may alter a fish’s chemistry

Climate change may alter a fish’s chemistry

Scientists find evidence that fish may be able to adapt to climate change and specifically, ocean acidification. Increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere raise the CO2 levels of the oceans, making them more acidic. Research has already determined that...
A tale of the ciliate tail

A tale of the ciliate tail

Scientists have recently discovered that some protozoans can move faster than the blink of an eye. Using ultra high speed video cameras and specialized optics researchers from The University of Texas Marine Science Institute and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution have...
Come take a tour of our Wetlands Education Center

Come take a tour of our Wetlands Education Center

Take a drone tour of the Mission-Aransas Reserve's Wetlands Education Center located at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas, Texas. It's open and free to the public. The educational signage and well maintained trails next to the...