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Fingerprinting Oil

Fingerprinting Oil

Oil is no stranger to the Gulf of Mexico and recently beachgoers have come face to face with sometimes-sticky oil remnants or tar balls. Oil can be released in gulf waters from naturally occurring seeps, or through accidents associated with man-made...
Back to School Shopping; when there’s a lab coat involved

Back to School Shopping; when there’s a lab coat involved

This week students around the country head back to the classroom. The graduate students at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute are no less immune to the headache of back to school shopping, but instead of erasers and rulers, their...
Marine Science Literature for Desalinization & Channel Deepening Projects

Marine Science Literature for Desalinization & Channel Deepening Projects

In July of 2018, the Port of Corpus Christi announced they were seeking a permit for a desalinization plant proposed for construction on Harbor Island in Port Aransas, Texas that would allow an average daily output flow of up to 95,600,000...
Ageless Learning by the Sea

Ageless Learning by the Sea

Quick, grandmother grab the end of the seine net. That phrase and many other unusual shouts were just a few that could be overheard during an Intergenerational Road Scholar Program hosted June 9-14th at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute....
Microplastic & Nurdle Literature

Microplastic & Nurdle Literature

Recently there has been increasing concerns about microplastics and nurdles on Texas and Gulf of Mexico beaches. There are two categories of microplastics: 1) primary microplastics, which are manufactured as microbeads, capsules, fibers or pellets (nurdles), and 2) secondary microplastics that...
Going to Bat for the Oceans

Going to Bat for the Oceans

June 8th was World Oceans Day and what better way to celebrate than to clean up the beach. The University of Texas Marine Science Institute and the Mission-Aransas Reserve partnered up with the Corpus Christi Hooks and the Texas Coastal Bend...
Staff Service Awards

Staff Service Awards

We'd like to wish a heart-felt congratulations to several of our staff for their service to the University. They are all extraordinarily dedicated employees who work hard to provide a valuable service to a wide variety of customers (supervisor, other faculty...
Earth Day is for the Birds

Earth Day is for the Birds

Since the first Earth Day celebration in 1970, this day has sparked hundreds of thousands of efforts to raise awareness about the nature that surrounds us. On today’s Earth Day, the Mission-Aransas Reserve at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute...
Summer Science Registration Open

Summer Science Registration Open

UT Summer Science is an exciting, inquiry-based learning experience for students entering 3rd through 8th grade.  Working alongside marine scientists from the University of Texas, students will experience science outside of the classroom. By the end of the program, students will...
Ready, Set, Go - Global Nature Challenge

Ready, Set, Go - Global Nature Challenge

Citizen scientists have the opportunity to compete to see who can submit the most observations about nature. This is the fourth annual City Nature Challenge, and this year the communities of Port Aransas and Mustang Island can compete with counterparts over...
CCA Lends a Hand

CCA Lends a Hand

A group of 20 do-gooders from the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA), Austin Chapter were onsite at the Wetlands Education Center this past Friday. The volunteer team was part of the CCA-Austin’s effort to serve and support local communities. “We try to...
A Look at the Multi-Tool of Aquatic Science

A Look at the Multi-Tool of Aquatic Science

Stable isotope analysis is a common and extremely useful tool for studying aquatic life from single cells to whole ecosystems. Over 600 papers using stable isotope studies have been published in the journal Limnology and Oceanography (L&O) over the past 60...
Local Fishing Organization Supports Research to Put Eyes on the Shore

Local Fishing Organization Supports Research to Put Eyes on the Shore

The Mission-Aransas Reserve at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute just received two donations; one from the Flatsworthy, Inc. and Patagonia for $5,000 and one for $889 from Flatsworthy, Inc. in memory of Christopher “Chip” Pitcarin. These new funds will...
Fuiman travels to Florida to Contribute to 'baby' Snook Research

Fuiman travels to Florida to Contribute to 'baby' Snook Research

Lee Fuiman, Director of the Fisheries and Mariculture Laboratory at the Marine Science Institute of the University of Texas (UT) at Austin, will spend four of the next six months based at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida to exchange knowledge...
When First is Not to Win

When First is Not to Win

Texas leads Gulf of Mexico states in beach pollution. A recent study documents that Texas shorelines, specifically those in the Coastal Bend region, accumulate 10 times more trash than those in the north central Gulf states of Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida....
When the Dunes Turn Blue

When the Dunes Turn Blue

A team of young and enthusiastic workers wielding chainsaws and herbicide have descended upon the Coastal Bend region to help destroy invasive plant species leaving blue dunes in their wake. The blue is actually temporary dye in herbicide that allows the...
A Little Holiday Reading

A Little Holiday Reading

Happy Holidays from The University of Texas Marine Science Institute! Click on the image below to read our fourth quarter newsletter of 2018.  
Now Hiring Captain Position

Now Hiring Captain Position

The University of Texas Marine Science Institute is now hiring a captain for the R/V Katy. The R/V Katy is a 57-foot trawler. It is a floating classroom and a key component of the education and outreach program. Consider this fulfilling...
Putting For Purpose Raises Money for Reserve

Putting For Purpose Raises Money for Reserve

The Port of Corpus Christi's annual Putting for a Purpose Golf Tournament with all proceeds benefiting the Mission-Aransas Reserve was held at the North Shore Country Club the last weekend of October. The event raised $10,950 for the Mission-Aransas Reserve. “We...
Waste in our Waterways

Waste in our Waterways

From nurdles to water bottle accumulation rates, plastic waste in Texas coastal oceans and watersheds were the topics of discussion in the first Texas Plastic Pollution Symposium hosted on Tuesday, October 30th by the Mission-Aransas Reserve and The University of Texas...