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Harbor Island Research

Harbor Island Research

Harbor Island has been in the news recently due to the new leases for mooring barges. Harbor Island has been used for facilitating the transfer of industrial goods since the early 1900s. It is also an area valued for its aesthetics...
How Jellyfish Break Down Oil After a Spill

How Jellyfish Break Down Oil After a Spill

Jellyfish produce mucus, especially when stressed, which can interact with oil and break it down. This moon jellyfish is sloughing off mucus that has mixed with droplets of oil. Credit: Brad Gemmell.Jellyfish aren't the passive creatures you think they are. While...
On the air

On the air

UTMSI’s Dr. Andrew Esbaugh was a featured guest speaker for Minnesota Public Radio’s Climate Cast. You can listen to the story at http://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/16/bcst-climate-cast-oceans
Some cone snail's venom is thousand times more powerful than morphine

Some cone snail's venom is thousand times more powerful than morphine

This week on Science and the Sea: Lethal Snails By Damond BenningfieldThe geographic cone snail was already known as a quiet killer. It’s only a few inches long. And like many other species of cone snail, it lurks at the bottom...
Around campus with Jim Moreno

Around campus with Jim Moreno

We sat down with Jim Moreno for a chat about who he is and what it takes to keep our campus safe. Jim Moreno Position: Guard Supervisor Tell us a little bit about yourself.I was born in Taft, Texas. I was...
Oil and Plankton: DROPPS Takes a Closer Look Using Laser Technology

Oil and Plankton: DROPPS Takes a Closer Look Using Laser Technology

Small scale experiment in lab. Credit: Jeffery Cordero.The interactions of plankton with oil droplets is a fascinating but relatively unexplored area. Scientists in the DROPPS Consortium previously looked at oil droplets rising though thin layer of plankton to see how they...
Climate change may alter a fish’s chemistry

Climate change may alter a fish’s chemistry

Scientists find evidence that fish may be able to adapt to climate change and specifically, ocean acidification. Increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere raise the CO2 levels of the oceans, making them more acidic. Research has already determined that...
A tale of the ciliate tail

A tale of the ciliate tail

Scientists have recently discovered that some protozoans can move faster than the blink of an eye. Using ultra high speed video cameras and specialized optics researchers from The University of Texas Marine Science Institute and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution have...
Come take a tour of our Wetlands Education Center

Come take a tour of our Wetlands Education Center

Take a drone tour of the Mission-Aransas Reserve's Wetlands Education Center located at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas, Texas. It's open and free to the public. The educational signage and well maintained trails next to the...
Student Spotlight: Stephanie Smith

Student Spotlight: Stephanie Smith

Stephanie Smith Faculty Supervisor: Jim McClelland Research Expertise: Coastal Ecosystem Dynamics Stephanie Smith holds a large Coho salmon, which are a top predator in the Arctic food web. Please tell us a little bit about your research project. The purpose of my...
Dr. Ed Buskey publishes chapter in book “Coastal Ocean Observing Systems”

Dr. Ed Buskey publishes chapter in book “Coastal Ocean Observing Systems”

Dr. Ed Buskey publishes chapter in book “Coastal Ocean Observing Systems.”Dr. Ed Buskey is one of several contributors to a new book released today, July 1st, that provides insight into how ocean research transfers to different applications and societal benefit. Dr....
Video presentations available from the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference

Video presentations available from the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference

The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) has made available twenty-two video presentations from the 2015 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference. You can watch the conference presentations about research that helps answer “what have we learned, what...
Researchers and Community Leaders Plan for Natural Hazards

Researchers and Community Leaders Plan for Natural Hazards

Workshop participants review results of community sensitivity rankings to natural hazards at the recent workshop. Left to right: Patrick Rios, Felix Keely, Dr. Kiersten Stanzel, Mayor C.J. Wax, Christine Hale, and Barbara Gurtner. Credit: The University of Texas Marine Science Institute....
Check out the latest edition of Marine Science News

Check out the latest edition of Marine Science News

Read all about it... Marine Science News, 2nd Quarter edition of 2015.
Student Spotlight: Meredith Evans

Student Spotlight: Meredith Evans

Meredith Evans Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Zhanfei Liu Tell us a little bit about your research project. I’m researching chemical pollution following the Deep Water Horizon oil spill, but it’s really is a two-fold project. The first part is determining how oiled...
Summer Science Program Takes Flight

Summer Science Program Takes Flight

The 4-week program began in June and in one of the beginning activities the children used drones to help map marine debris. In this activity, students gained a deep personal appreciation for the marine environment, become aware of local and global...
Student Spotlight: Ava Ibanez

Student Spotlight: Ava Ibanez

Ava Ibanez Major: Marine and Freshwater Biology For her undergraduate research project, Ava went to UT’s Marine Science Institute to study the hypoxic dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. “Experiencing the field gives you a new outlook on research and...
Teachers Share their Love of Learning with Students

Teachers Share their Love of Learning with Students

Over 500 middle school students from around the Coastal Bend participated in field trips as part of the Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE) project. The large influx of eager-to-learn students is a result of the teachers that participated in a TOTE...
Scientists can’t get there but Honey Badger can

Scientists can’t get there but Honey Badger can

Satellite imagery has revealed that large blooms of phytoplankton (single-celled plants) form in the vast Pacific Ocean covering thousands of square miles and lasting for many weeks.The Wave Glider is an autonomous surface vehicle consisting of two parts, a float on...
An Insider View to Fisheries Ecology Research in the making: Cabo Pulmo

An Insider View to Fisheries Ecology Research in the making: Cabo Pulmo

Graduate Student Erin Reed talks about her recent research adventures: Figure 1. Dr. Brad Erisman (left) and Erin Reed (right) prepare for their first dive in search of spawning groupers. Credit: David Castro.Last month in May, I was fortunate enough to...