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Holiday Hours for our Visitor Centers

Holiday Hours for our Visitor Centers

Happy Holidays! The week of December 18th, the Patton Center in Port A and the Bay Education Center in Rockport will be open Dec 20-22 from 10 am - 4 pm. Both centers will be closed for the winter break, Dec...
Newly discovered bacteria and their proteins could advance our understanding of global nutrients

Newly discovered bacteria and their proteins could advance our understanding of global nutrients

The power of metagenomics strikes again. Marine microbiologists discovered five new bacteria phyla (four never described and one poorly described) from the ocean floor that contain an unusually large number of novel protein families. An international group of researchers led by...
Captain Ernst Honored by CBBF

Captain Ernst Honored by CBBF

Last night, Captain Frank Ernst was honored and received the Coastal Steward Professional award at the 2022 Coastal Bend Bays Foundation Conservation and Stewardship Environmental Awards banquet. Frank Ernst has been with the University as the small boat captain for 20...
Hitching a ride to the deep sea

Hitching a ride to the deep sea

First in-situ measurements of microplastic fluxes help answer the “missing plastic” question 150 million tons of plastic are polluting the ocean today – and because of its slow decay, the amount keeps growing. Current model calculations indicate that only about one...
Mystery No More – formation of refractory DON pool unmasked

Mystery No More – formation of refractory DON pool unmasked

In the oceans lurks a stubborn pool of dissolved organic nitrogen (DON) that no one had a clue how it formed – until now. A recent study in the Geophysical Research Letters provides the first discovery of how and why this...