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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.
Global Status Report on Fish Spawning Aggregations Just Released: Suggests Widespread Declines

Global Status Report on Fish Spawning Aggregations Just Released: Suggests Widespread Declines

At the recent International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) meeting in Okinawa, Japan, Science and Conservation of Fish Aggregations (SCRFA) and the ICRI Ad Hoc Committee of Reef Associated Fisheries launched the most up to date information with a report on how...
Community Leaders Meet to Discuss Resiliency

Community Leaders Meet to Discuss Resiliency

Local elected officials and planners met on December 11th at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute to discuss resiliency needs and tools for planning in your area. The forum was hosted by the Texas General Land Office and the Mission-Aransas...
Library Arts and Crafts Holiday Party Raises Awareness of Marine Debris

Library Arts and Crafts Holiday Party Raises Awareness of Marine Debris

Last week UTMSI staff, students and friends celebrated the holidays in their 4th Annual Library Arts and Crafts Holiday Party. The art theme this year was marine debris and the UTMSI Green Team sponsored an art contest. There were over 11...
UTMSI's Bryan Black Leads International Workshop

UTMSI's Bryan Black Leads International Workshop

From otolith archives to networks of biochronologiesWorkshop held to study growth-increment chronologies in marine fishAt its meeting last week, the first Workshop on Growth-increment Chronologies in Marine Fish: climate-ecosystem interactions in the North Atlantic (WKGIC)​ identified several otolith archives that could...
Scientist-in-Residence Program helps host Port Aransas Science Fair

Scientist-in-Residence Program helps host Port Aransas Science Fair

The Port Aransas Science Fair occurred November 19th and was a culmination of six weeks of research and experimentation by 4th and 5th graders of the Port Aransas Independent School District. The University of Texas Marine Science Institute Scientist-in-Residence graduate students...
Peter Thomas Talks About His Groundbreaking Work on Steroid Hormones and Cancer

Peter Thomas Talks About His Groundbreaking Work on Steroid Hormones and Cancer

Peter Thomas Talks About His Groundbreaking Work on Steroid Hormones and Cancer: hormones, new hormone receptors, and why discoveries in fish are receiving attention in cancer researchIn the fight against cancer there is an unlikely hero: a small coastal fish, the...
University of Texas Marine Science Institute Leads in Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Research

University of Texas Marine Science Institute Leads in Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Research

Port Aransas, Texas – A University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI) led consortium of seven institutions was awarded $9.2 million on November 14th to continue research on the impact of oil spills and dispersants on the Gulf of Mexico and...
Research Experience for Undergraduates - Accepting Applications

Research Experience for Undergraduates - Accepting Applications

Do you know an undergraduate interested in marine science? UTMSI is now accepting applications for 8 paid research fellowships for the summer of 2015. Students get the opportunity to conduct independent research projects among mentors and peers. REUisME is a summer research program...
UTMSI Scientists Lead the Way in Oil Spill Research

UTMSI Scientists Lead the Way in Oil Spill Research

The award announcement is out for the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiatives: http://gulfresearchinitiative.org/gulf-mexico-research-initiative-awards-140-million-support-research/A big congratulations to UTMSI's Ed Buskey, Zhanfei Liu, Deana Erdner, Brad Gemmell, Tracy Villareal, and Andrew Espaugh whose work will be funded to investigate the effect of oil spills on...
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...