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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.
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...
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...
Chemist receives NSF Bold Idea Award

Chemist receives NSF Bold Idea Award

Where does plastic in the ocean go? Marine chemist Dr. Zhanfei Liu, Professor at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute seeks to provide the answer. In an announcement today, by the National Science Foundation, Liu was one of the researchers...
Marine Science News

Marine Science News

Greetings! We hope that you are all healthy and doing well. Click the image below to view The University of Texas Marine Science Institute’s newsletter, 2nd Quarter edition of 2020.
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...
Changing the Code: New Naming System for Microbes

Changing the Code: New Naming System for Microbes

The long-standing rules for assigning scientific names to bacteria and archaea are overdue for an update, according to a new consensus statement backed by 119 microbiologists from around the globe. Bacteria and archaea (single-celled organisms that lack cell nuclei) make up...
New Review updates knowledge on and biodiversity of Archaea

New Review updates knowledge on and biodiversity of Archaea

Archaea are quite possibly the most abundant and diverse life on planet, but why haven’t you heard about them? The little-known world of archaea gets a big spot light with a new review in Nature Microbiology, released this week by lead...
Marine Science News - 1st edition 2020

Marine Science News - 1st edition 2020

Greetings! We hope that you are all healthy and doing well. Click the image below to view The University of Texas Marine Science Institute’s newsletter, 1st Quarter edition of 2020. 
If You Built It; Fish Will Come

If You Built It; Fish Will Come

Anglers know that oil and gas platforms mean fish, but a recent study investigated which types of platforms and water conditions were best for finding specific types of fish. Derek Bolser, a graduate student at the University of Texas Marine Science...
Extinction Risk to World’s Groupers Reassessed and Not Improved

Extinction Risk to World’s Groupers Reassessed and Not Improved

Groupers are among the highest valued reef fish, and a reassessment of all the grouper species around the world demonstrated that as much as 26% are threatened. In a recent paper published in Marine Policy, authors, including fisheries professor Dr. Brad...
Derelict Crab Trap Roundup

Derelict Crab Trap Roundup

Every February, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department closes the bays to commercial and recreational crabbing for 10-days each February. This temporary closure enables a coordinated effort by agencies and organizations to remove derelict crab traps. Derelict traps can cause problems as...
Researchers Determine the Best Formula for Baby Flounder

Researchers Determine the Best Formula for Baby Flounder

Just like humans, baby flounder need nutrients and specifically omega-3 fatty acids to thrive after birth. Fisheries researchers at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas are working with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to understand what is...
Skinny Seagrass May Increase Hurricane Risk

Skinny Seagrass May Increase Hurricane Risk

As the saying goes ‘you can never be too rich or too thin’ unless of course, you’re a seagrass blade in Texas. In Texas, the climax species such as Thalassia, or turtle grass, are two times narrower than their relatives in...
Check out our Newsletter

Check out our Newsletter

Happy Holidays! Click the image below to read the 4th Quarter edition of Marine Science News. 
Public Lecture Series is Back!

Public Lecture Series is Back!

The University of Texas Marine Science Institute hosts a FREE public lecture series every winter. This year, lectures are every Thursday in February. They begin at 7:00 p.m. and the doors open at 6:30 p.m.. Pioneer Beach Resort, 120 Gulfwind Drive,...
It’s a SWaMP Thing

It’s a SWaMP Thing

With the wind whipping through her hair, donning polarized sunglasses and a bucket full of probes, research associate, Kelley Savage is the opposite of who you’d imagine when you picture the slimy green, frightening, superhero Swamp Thing. Unlikely as it may...
Beware of the Dead Zone; it’s sucking the oxygen out of the ocean

Beware of the Dead Zone; it’s sucking the oxygen out of the ocean

Deep beneath the waves of northern Gulf of Mexico is an area so dark and devoid of oxygen that few creatures can survive. It’s the Dead Zone and every summer it grows to cover on average of over 5,000 square miles...