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Celebrating our Hispanic Scientists

Celebrating our Hispanic Scientists

This Hispanic Heritage month, September 15th-October 15th, we recognize some of our Hispanic scientists and celebrate their work and contributions to marine scientist.  Dr. Valerie De Anda is a Research Associate and is using computational biology to understand the microbial ecology...
Accepting Applications for Tenured Faculty Hire

Accepting Applications for Tenured Faculty Hire

The University of Texas at Austin invites applications for a tenured faculty position (Associate or Full Professor) in the Department of Marine Science. We seek an accomplished scientist with expertise in any discipline that investigates regional and/or global marine processes. Interdisciplinary...
An influx of new faculty at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute

An influx of new faculty at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute

As the fall semester kicks off, The University of Texas Marine Science Institute welcomes four incoming assistant professors to its ranks, Drs. Kristin Nielsen, Jessica O’Connell, Jordan Casey, and Simon Brandl. Dr. Kristin Nielsen is an aquatic toxicologist with a research...
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...
New Nurdle Patrol App

New Nurdle Patrol App

Since the Nurdle Patrol Citizen Science Project was created in 2018, by the Mission-Aransas Reserve at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute, the effort to record and track nurdles on beaches and bays have grown into a large network with...
Celebrating our UTMSI Women in History

Celebrating our UTMSI Women in History

To commemorate Women In History month we spotlighted seven women who have made significant impacts or promoted advancement for UTMSI and the marine science field. Wildlife ecologist and artist Marcia Kier (now Marcia Hawthorne) painted scientifically accurate watercolors of biotopes displayed...
UT Austin and its Marine Science Program Is Once Again Named Among the World’s Leading Universities

UT Austin and its Marine Science Program Is Once Again Named Among the World’s Leading Universities

The latest 2021 edition of the World University Rankings by Subject is naming 41 subject areas and programs at The University of Texas Austin among the top in the world. In particular, Marine Science moved up from 24 to rank number 21....
Turtles headed for release

Turtles headed for release

The winter storm Uri caused damage and hardship across the state of Texas. The effects were felt state-wide include along the Texas shoreline as thousands of sea turtles became stranded in the largest cold stun event ever recorded. As of 2/22/21...
ARK Takes in Turtles - Freezing Temperatures Stunning Sea Turtles

ARK Takes in Turtles - Freezing Temperatures Stunning Sea Turtles

The severe winter weather caused power outages, road closures, water pressure issues. It is also having a dramatic impact on the local wildlife. The recent freezing temperatures are causing many sea turtles in the bays to become stunned by the cold....
Losing Land and What it Means

Losing Land and What it Means

The northern Alaska coast is losing up to 1.3 square miles of land every year to the sea which is equivalent to the area of Central Park in New York City. This loss of land has a dramatic impact on local...
UTMSI Marina Opens

UTMSI Marina Opens

The University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI) is very pleased to officially reopen its marina. The marina was created in the 1950s to facilitate easy access to the Gulf of Mexico and local bay systems. The marina serves the Institute’s...
Marine Science News

Marine Science News

2020 was a year to remember and we hope that you are all well. Please click the image below to view the Marine Science News, 4th Quarter edition of 2020.
Mapping Microplastics

Mapping Microplastics

Microplastics and plastic pellet contamination in local bays received national attend last year when petrochemical company Formosa Plastics agreed to pay $50 million in the largest-ever settlement of a lawsuit linked to the federal Clean Water Act. A portion of that...
Public Lecture Series Goes Virtual and Expands

Public Lecture Series Goes Virtual and Expands

The 2021 UTMSI Public Lecture Series is virtual and combined with the new Texas Science Festival. Free and open to science enthusiasts everywhere, the Texas Science Festival (Feb 16 - March 26) is a celebration of discovery and learning. Registration for...
Shining Light on Oil

Shining Light on Oil

A new study in Organic Geochemistry shines light on how sunlight likely changed Deepwater Horizon oil chemically and potentially made it more toxic and longer lasting. When the Deepwater Horizon well blew in 2010, it spewed 4.9 million barrels of crude...
Marine Science News, 3rd Quarter Edition 2020

Marine Science News, 3rd Quarter Edition 2020

Greetings, The weather is supposed to be cool this weekend, but the science continues to heat up. We have many exciting discoveries and news. Please click the image below to view the Marine Science News, 3rd Quarter edition of 2020.
The Eyes Have It

The Eyes Have It

Study reveals that Weddell seals primarily use sight to find obscure breathing holes Until now, no one knew how Weddell seals navigate the ice-covered waters to locate breathing holes. Finding their way back to a breathing hole under the Antarctic ice...
Red Snapper Review Confirms Structure Most Important

Red Snapper Review Confirms Structure Most Important

The heart of the red snapper fishery is the Gulf of Mexico and their populations have fluctuated throughout the decades. Efforts to manage the fishery and the popularity of the fish has resulted in a large volume of research dedicated to...
Invited Paper contributes to Food Chain Understanding

Invited Paper contributes to Food Chain Understanding

Fatty acids are essential to life, and almost every animal needs to get many of them from their diet. As such, they are great biomarkers to figure out who is eating whom in animal populations. In a new thematic issue released...
Summer Science Registration Is Open

Summer Science Registration Is 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...