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Pitching in for Port A

Pitching in for Port A

The hurricane destroyed many homes and offices in Port Aransas, Texas. The offices and laboratories at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute were not immune from the destruction. There is no shortage of clean-up efforts that need to be done....
The Gift of a Sonde

The Gift of a Sonde

The eye of Hurricane Harvey went directly over the Mission-Aransas Estuary and wiped out three of the Mission-Aransas Reserve’s monitoring platforms, along with the data sondes that collect water parameters such as temperature, salinity, pH, conductivity, and dissolved oxygen. Xylem Incorporated...
Special Issue Journal on Arctic Ecosystem

Special Issue Journal on Arctic Ecosystem

Biological oceanographer Ken Dunton, a professor at The University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute, has been leading long-term studies in the western Arctic Ocean near Alaska. Both he and Drs. Jacqueline M. Grebmeier from University of Maryland Center for...
Displaced Scientists Begin Rapid Study of Seagrass Meadows and Bays

Displaced Scientists Begin Rapid Study of Seagrass Meadows and Bays

Science stops for no hurricane. Several faculty at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute have been working in overdrive since the category four Hurricane Harvey slammed the Gulf Coast. Despite being displaced from their homes, relocated to temporary laboratories and...
Volunteers and Donors Help ARK Rebuild

Volunteers and Donors Help ARK Rebuild

Like the rest of the campus at University of Texas Marine Science Institute, Hurricane Harvey inflicted damage to the buildings and animal enclosures at the Amos Rehabilitation Keep (ARK). It’s been almost two months, but staff at the Institute have been...
Research gets a nod from top ranked biological journal

Research gets a nod from top ranked biological journal

New research about how nitrogen moves throughout the Arctic rivers and streams was selected as an Editor Highlight in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences.  Former graduate student from The University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI), now Ph.D., Matt Khosh...
Hurricane Update and UTMSI Resources

Hurricane Update and UTMSI Resources

The University of Texas Marine Science Institute sustained significant damage throughout the campus from Hurricane Harvey. The majority of our buildings and vehicles experienced water penetration in range of severity from minor to extensive due to roof failures, window blow-outs, and...
Port Aransas Pigfish Take a Ride to San Luis

Port Aransas Pigfish Take a Ride to San Luis

For the last few years, fisheries scientist Dr. Lee Fuiman and his team have been diligently working to perfect aquaculture practices for pigfish, a very popular baitfish that is a favorite of anglers and spotted seatrout alike. The goal of the...
Gardner passes the baton, or shall we say pen

Gardner passes the baton, or shall we say pen

After a tenure of eight years, Professor Emeritus and biogeochemist Dr. Wayne Garner, finished his term as Co-Editor-in-Chief of Estuaries and Coasts on December 31st this past year. Since the time he took over the co-editorship in 2008, the journals impact...
Summer Scholars

Summer Scholars

If you’d like to re-live your days as a student on the beach, the blog posts from our summer student program entitled REUisME is a great way to live virtually through very talented young scientists.  REUiSME is an acronym for Research...
Teachers on the Estuary

Teachers on the Estuary

Last week, 14 science and math teachers from middle and high schools through-out the coastal region of Texas immersed themselves in an intensive training course in estuary ecology and human connections. The three-day experience brought them face to face with tiny...
Mother Nature Adapts to Care for Her Nurseries

Mother Nature Adapts to Care for Her Nurseries

A new study finds that river systems can remediate the effects of wastewater influences during droughts. A team of chemists and biologists studied two South Texas rivers to understand how droughts change the nutrients in the rivers and the estuaries they flow...
International Learning

International Learning

Earlier this spring Jace Tunnell, Director of the Mission-Aransas Reserve, helped 5th grade students from Shenzhen, China at BASIS International Shenzhen learn about environmental change processes occurring in estuaries. Earlier this spring, Jace Tunnell helped 5th grade students from Shenzhen, China at...
U.S. Department of State Guests visit Port Aransas

U.S. Department of State Guests visit Port Aransas

The U.S. Department of State invited eight up-and-coming leaders from the nations around the world to collaborate and learn about U.S. management and sustainability practices of our oceans. Tony Amos, Director of the Animal Rehabilitation Keep, talks to invited guests about...
Student Spotlight: Erin Reed

Student Spotlight: Erin Reed

Congratulations to our newest Master of Science, Erin Reed! We sat down with Erin recently to learn more about her research and how she hopes to create a long-lasting impact on fisheries science. Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Brad Erisman Research Area: Fisheries Ecology...
Piggy Perch on the Move

Piggy Perch on the Move

If you’re an angler, you may be intimately familiar with a piggy perch. These small, seemingly inconsequential fish are a highly sought-after bait for catching trout and redfish. Doctoral student Zhenxin Hou measures a piggy perch. The fish will accompany several...
Study Analyzes Trends and Gaps in Oil Spill Literature Since 1968

Study Analyzes Trends and Gaps in Oil Spill Literature Since 1968

Researchers surveyed oil spill studies between 1968 and 2015 to characterize the field and describe changes. The team found that, despite its episodic nature, oil spill research is a rapidly expanding field with a growth rate greater than science as a...
Scientists Receive President's Outstanding Staff Award

Scientists Receive President's Outstanding Staff Award

Two research scientist associates from the Marine Science Institute, Kim Jackson and Jeff Kaiser, were awarded this year’s The University of Texas President's Outstanding Staff Award for their dedication to promoting advances in research and cultivating a learning atmosphere for the...
13th Annual Texas Bays and Estuaries Meeting

13th Annual Texas Bays and Estuaries Meeting

On April 12th and 13th The University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI) and Mission-Aransas Reserve hosted the thirteenth annual Texas Bays and Estuaries Meeting. The meeting featured distinguished speakers, Drs. Wes Tunnell and Lisa Campbell, as well as presentations from...
Holt’s New Book is a Resource for Raising Coral Reef Species

Holt’s New Book is a Resource for Raising Coral Reef Species

Dr. Joan Holt may have retired from research and teaching, but she sure hasn’t slowed down. In March, the professor emerita and her co-editors, Drs. Calado, Olivotto, and Oliver, saw the fruits of their labor come to pass when their book...