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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.
2014 Gulf Estuarine Research Society Meeting Deemed A Success

2014 Gulf Estuarine Research Society Meeting Deemed A Success

PORT ARANSAS, Texas – On October 30-31, 2014, the University of Texas Marine Science Institute hosted a biennial meeting of the Gulf Estuarine Research Society. Researchers and students traveled from across the Gulf of Mexico to share their discoveries and share...
Citizen Science in Action: Scientists and volunteers measure movements of the big and the small

Citizen Science in Action: Scientists and volunteers measure movements of the big and the small

PORT ARANSAS, Texas - The Texas State Aquarium is investing in research at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI) to help understand the movements and migrations of both Atlantic tarpon and larval blue crabs. Both of these animals are...
Semester-by-the-Sea Students Rake in the Awards

Semester-by-the-Sea Students Rake in the Awards

Congratulations Sara Garcia and Andrew Kang! Sara and Andrew were Semester-by-the-Sea students last spring at UTMSI. Sara just won first place by the North American Marine Environmental Protection Association (NAMEPA) and third place by the American Salvage Association Education Committee in...
Photo Journal through the Icy Antarctic

Photo Journal through the Icy Antarctic

Dr. Lee Fuiman takes a voyage to the icy Antarctic. His mission: Understand how Weddell seals navigate under Antarctic ice. Follow us on Facebook to track his journey.       
Why Nitrogen can be Noxious for a Lake’s Health

Why Nitrogen can be Noxious for a Lake’s Health

Scientists at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI), with collaborators from the Universities of North Carolina and Tennessee, just published a Letter to the journal Science telling readers why nitrogen inputs to lakes deserve more attention relative to Harmful...
Polar Vortex Turtles

Polar Vortex Turtles

Polar Vortex Turtles PORT ARANSAS, TX – Texas’s very own Tony Amos of the University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI) in Port Aransas will be featured this Saturday, October 11th at 9:00 am on ABC’s Sea Rescue “Polar Vortex Turtles” episode....
New Report Released on Estuarine Issues

New Report Released on Estuarine Issues

A report has recently been released by the Our Global Estuary U.S. National Workshop Steering Committee that discusses estuaries worldwide and why they are critical ecosystems in need of attention. Estuaries are one of the world’s great gathering places: for fresh...
Shift in Arabia Sea Plankton May Threaten Fisheries

Shift in Arabia Sea Plankton May Threaten Fisheries

Growing 'dead zone' could short-circuit food chain  IMAGE: The rise of Noctiluca scintillans at the base of the Arabian Sea food chain threatens fisheries in Oman and other countries bordering the sea. Click here for more information.   A growing "dead zone" in the...
Fish Eggs Turn Conventional View of Ocean Food Webs Upside Down

Fish Eggs Turn Conventional View of Ocean Food Webs Upside Down

PORT ARANSAS, TX - Do you remember in fifth grade science class learning about food webs? Plants absorb energy from the sun, plants are eaten by animals, and smaller animals are eaten by bigger animals. Generally speaking, the flow is from...
Teachers and Educators Rediscover Teaching

Teachers and Educators Rediscover Teaching

This past weekend, local teachers and environmental educators met for two different events at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute. They gained new skills and techniques to help them teach how science can be interesting and fun to learn about. On Saturday, educators in...
Copepod Wins a Beauty Contest

Copepod Wins a Beauty Contest

UTMSI’s very own, Dr. Brad Gemmell, won first place in the UT College of Natural Sciences “Visualizing Science Competition.” The winners of the 2014 Visualizing Science competition were announced last night at the College of Natural Sciences’ Town Hall. This first...
General Land Office Reels in on Coastal Issues

General Land Office Reels in on Coastal Issues

The coastal division of the Texas General Land Office (GLO) reeled in on coastal issues during a two-day visit to the University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI). The team met with researchers from the UTMSI and National Estuarine Research Reserve...
UTMSI Partners with SEA and TPWD to Film Creation of an Artificial Reef

UTMSI Partners with SEA and TPWD to Film Creation of an Artificial Reef

The Making of the Film – Creation of an Artificial Reef PORT ARANSAS, Texas - The University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI) is teaming up with long-time partner, Saltwater Fisheries Enhancement Association (SEA) and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, to...
Dynamic Duo Comes to the Coastal Bend for Marine Research and Education 

Dynamic Duo Comes to the Coastal Bend for Marine Research and Education 

This fall a dynamic husband and wife team, Dr. Brad Erisman and Ms. Kristin Evans, moved to Port Aransas Texas from San Diego California and they bring with them a wealth of expertise and knowledge about fisheries and marine education.  Dr....
Challenge your friends and family to get back to nature

Challenge your friends and family to get back to nature

School has started, but that doesn't mean that you can’t still have fun. Come to the UTMSI Visitor Center in Port Aransas to complete your challenge activity that is designed for family fun and nature exploration. The University of Texas Marine Science...
Dr. Brad Erisman’s work is showcased in AlertDiver magazine

Dr. Brad Erisman’s work is showcased in AlertDiver magazine

Dr. Brad Erisman’s spawning aggregation work in Palau has been featured in the current issue of AlertDiver magazine in the article entitled “Moon Dance.” The article is written by Dr. Erisman’s collaborator and professional photographer, Richard Barnden. It gives a diver’s...
Scientists Gather to Share Information about Research at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge

Scientists Gather to Share Information about Research at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge

PORT ARANSAS, Texas – Researchers are gathering today at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute to share information about their projects at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge). The Mission-Aransas Reserve and the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge are hosting a symposium highlighting...
UTMSI is hosting the biennial Gulf Estuarine Research Society Meeting

UTMSI is hosting the biennial Gulf Estuarine Research Society Meeting

UTMSI is hosting the biennial Gulf Estuarine Research Society Meeting on October 30-31, 2014. Go to the website to learn more and register: http://gersmeeting2014.com/ Special thanks to the meeting sponsors: Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation, Sea Grant (Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Mississippi,...
UTMSI scientists featured in two seminars this week

UTMSI scientists featured in two seminars this week

UTMSI scientists will share their knowledge to the Coastal Bend region this week at the Harte Research Institute (room 127), Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. Don't miss:   Thursday, September 4, 2014 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Tony Amos will...
Estuary Explorium Grabs the TV spotlight

Estuary Explorium Grabs the TV spotlight

The new Estuary Explorium exhibits were featured on today’s Channel 6 KRIS morning show and the 5 pm news.