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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.
The R/V Katy Education Programs Are Making a Difference

The R/V Katy Education Programs Are Making a Difference

The education programs aboard R/V Katy at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas, Texas, are producing the next generation of marine scientists through hands-on learning and exploration within our local bays and estuaries. Check out our latest...
11th Annual Texas Bays and Estuaries Meeting

11th Annual Texas Bays and Estuaries Meeting

On April 8th and 9th The University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI) and the Mission-Aransas Reserve hosted the eleventh annual Texas Bays and Estuaries Meeting. The meeting featured several distinguished speakers and had an attendance of over 140 researchers, students,...
Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation Honors Ben Vaughan III

Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation Honors Ben Vaughan III

On March 30th the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation (TPWF) celebrated the achievements of great Texas conservationists, Ben F. Vaughan, III and Joe McBride, with an induction into the TPWF Hall of Fame. The University of Texas Marine Science Institute and its...
Ted Dunton Receives U.S. Arctic Research Commission’s First Place Photo Award

Ted Dunton Receives U.S. Arctic Research Commission’s First Place Photo Award

PORT ARANSAS, TX – Ted Dunton was awarded first place for the U.S. Arctic Research Commission’s “Observing the Arctic Photo Contest” in the civil infrastructure category. Ted has been operating the university’s Arctic Whaler research vessel for several years in support...
Bea Limon Receives UT Outstanding Staff Award

Bea Limon Receives UT Outstanding Staff Award

Beatrice “Bea” Limon has been selected to receive The University of Texas at Austin 2015 Outstanding Staff Award. Each year the university selects 30 recipients for this award.  Bea was selected from 200 nominees for her commitment to excellence and her...
Women in Marine Science Day

Women in Marine Science Day

Girls practice fish dissections and learn what makes fish tick. Credit (University of Texas Marine Science Institute, Tiffany Moreno).The University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI) and Mission-Aransas Reserve held its second annual Women in Marine Science Day this past Saturday....
New App will Help Track Monarch Butterflies Migrations in Gulf of Mexico

New App will Help Track Monarch Butterflies Migrations in Gulf of Mexico

An app being developed by University of Texas Marine Science Institute scientist, Dr. Tracy Villareal, will harness the power of citizens to help collect data on the occurrence of monarch butterflies over the Gulf of Mexico during the migration. The project...
Check out the latest edition of Marine Science News

Check out the latest edition of Marine Science News

Click here to read the latest news from the University of Texas Marine Science Institute.
Citizen Scientists Make a Difference in Blue Crab Research

Citizen Scientists Make a Difference in Blue Crab Research

Check out the new video about our blue crab research: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQT1ihMoEak   Background: The Texas State aquarium provided funding to UTMSI for a citizen science project that will provide insight into the causes of declining blue crab populations in South Texas. Blue...
Marine Science Advisory Council Visits Texas Capitol

Marine Science Advisory Council Visits Texas Capitol

Members of the UTMSI Marine Science Advisory Council met with members from the Texas legislator today to talk about the importance of the Marine Science Institute and what it means to Texas.
Dr. Ed Buskey presents at the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference

Dr. Ed Buskey presents at the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference

UTMSI’s Dr. Ed Buskey presents “What happens to oil at very small scales and its effects on bacteria and zooplankton” during a special plenary session with results from the Dispersion Research on Oil: Physics and Plankton Studies (DROPPS) consortium. This work...
We Love our Volunteers

We Love our Volunteers

The University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI) and Mission-Aransas Reserve hosted a volunteer appreciation event this week. The gathering featured Science and Art Instructor, Marilyn Cook, as she led a nature inspired painting lesson. Light Hors d'oeuvres will helped fuel...
Students Go Head-to-Head to Battle in the National Ocean Science Bowl

Students Go Head-to-Head to Battle in the National Ocean Science Bowl

PORT ARANSAS, Texas – This past Saturday, February 7, 2015 ten teams from eight schools throughout South Texas competed for the opportunity to win the Loggerhead Challenge. The Loggerhead Challenge is the Southern Texas Regional competition of the National Ocean Sciences...
Graduate Students Recognized as GoMRI Scholars for Oil Spill Research

Graduate Students Recognized as GoMRI Scholars for Oil Spill Research

Several students from the University of Texas Marine Science Institute, Kellie Hoppe, Ellen Knapke, and visiting student Zucheng Wang, have been recognized by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) as GoMRI Scholars. The GoMRI Scholar program was created to commend...
Tony Amos Receives Green Team Environmental Hero Award

Tony Amos Receives Green Team Environmental Hero Award

The Annual Green Team Environmental Hero Award is presented by the University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI) Green Team each year to a UTMSI employee or volunteer that has demonstrated exemplary leadership and sustained commitment to the Green Team mission...
Hundreds of Sea Turtles Get a New Lease on Life

Hundreds of Sea Turtles Get a New Lease on Life

PORT ARANSAS, TX – Over 200 sea turtles were released back into the wild this afternoon with the help of many volunteers and several agencies. The Animal Rehabilitation Keep at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute housed and recuperated over...
Marine Mammals Smash Free-Diving Records by Altering Physiological States

Marine Mammals Smash Free-Diving Records by Altering Physiological States

Marine mammals routinely confront extreme physiological and physical challenges when they chase prey underwater while holding their breath. To determine how marine mammals accomplish chases in the deep sea, a team of scientists attached specially designed instruments that recorded high-resolution electrocardiograms,...
Kimberly Bittler Receives Prestigious Award for Graduate Work

Kimberly Bittler Receives Prestigious Award for Graduate Work

University of Texas Marine Science Institute graduate, Kimberly Bittler, was recently announced as winner of the 2014 Walter B. Jones Memorial Award for Excellence in Coastal and Marine Graduate Study. These national awards, given every two years, recognize graduate students whose...
Workshop Helps Researchers Bridge the Gulf of Science and Policy

Workshop Helps Researchers Bridge the Gulf of Science and Policy

PORT ARANSAS, Texas – The Mission-Aransas Reserve recently hosted a workshop to help scientists and resources managers bridge the gulf between science and policy. This was a unique workshop because it helped participants build awareness, capacity, and skills to develop projects...
Scientists document longest-ever case of sperm storage in sharks

Scientists document longest-ever case of sperm storage in sharks

A brownbanded bamboo shark at the California Academy of Sciences lays viable egg—with healthy pup—after 45-month seclusion from malesSAN FRANCISCO — Brownbanded bamboo sharks take the term “resourceful” to a whole new level. Steinhart Aquarium biologists at the California Academy of...