Highlights

 
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...
A Decade of Inspiration

A Decade of Inspiration

This June, Science and the Sea celebrates 10 years of print articles.The sea touches all of our lives in many ways - we relax by her shores, play on her surface, eat of her bounty and enjoy her beauty. She moderates...
The Top 3 Amazing Things Scientists Are Learning about Marine Migration

The Top 3 Amazing Things Scientists Are Learning about Marine Migration

From whales to small invertebrates, the Special Feature of the journal Biology Letters, provides insight to how animals move and find new habitats. Credit: Operation Deep Scope 2005 Expedition, NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration.Fish and other marine animals don’t have the...
UTMSI Recognizes Staff Service

UTMSI Recognizes Staff Service

2015 award recipients. Left to right, Jeff Kaiser, Patty Webb, Robert Dickey, and Linda Fuiman. Not pictured are David Hernandez and Bea Limon. UTMSI support staff, often unsung heroes, are a driving force behind marine science discoveries that advance knowledge of...
Big 12 Isn’t Just About Sports

Big 12 Isn’t Just About Sports

Dr. Joe Kuehl, assistant professor at Baylor University.The University of Texas Marine Science Institute will host Big 12 Faculty Fellow Dr. Joe Kuehl this summer. Dr. Kuehl is an assistant professor at Baylor University in the School of Engineering and Computer....
Tony Amos awarded the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2014 Recovery Champion

Tony Amos awarded the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2014 Recovery Champion

Tony Amos is the Director of the Animal Rehabilitation Keep at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute, which promotes stewardship of our oceans by rescuing and releasing rehabilitated sea turtles and marine birds back to the wild. Credit: Theta Kenney.The...
Students get hands-on experience in Semester by the Sea

Students get hands-on experience in Semester by the Sea

The 2015 Semester by the Sea students and instructors. Back row: Dr. Bryan Black, Kevin Pan, Lauren Heymann, Robert Gonzales, Mark Lopez, and Dr. Chris Shank. Front row: Savannah Clapp, Kathryn Thompson, Stefanie Plunkett, and Ava Ibanez. Credit: The University of...
Tackling Invasive Plants with Trailers, Backhoes and People Power

Tackling Invasive Plants with Trailers, Backhoes and People Power

The beach area adjacent to the South Jetty got a makeover when volunteers with the Texas Gulf Region Cooperative Weed Management Area made a substantial effort to rid the area of the invasive Brazilian peppertree. Twenty volunteers from the local community...
System-Wide Monitoring Program Makes a Splash

System-Wide Monitoring Program Makes a Splash

Ever wonder what those research platforms are out in the bay? Listen to the scientists tell you what they are, what they do, and how you can use the information being gathered. The samples collected in our Texas bays are part...
Colleen McCue is a Nature Hero

Colleen McCue is a Nature Hero

At the Children & Nature Gala on April 7, 2015 the Texas Children in Nature (TCiN) initiative honored the regional leaders who volunteer their time to connect with the partners and families in their areas. No one is more deserving of...
Researchers Assess Sustainability in Baja Fisheries

Researchers Assess Sustainability in Baja Fisheries

The waters of Baja California Sur are both ecosystems and fisheries where human needs meet nature. In a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers assessed the capacity to achieve sustainability by applying a framework that...
Fisheries Students Get Hooked on Science

Fisheries Students Get Hooked on Science

PORT ARANSAS, TX – Blood, guts and fishing get students intrigued about science during a recent field trip aboard the Scat Cat fishing vessel. Students in the University of Texas Marine Science Institute’s Semester-by-the-Sea Program got a real life experience learning...
Research Unveils – It’s More Than a Drop in the Bucket

Research Unveils – It’s More Than a Drop in the Bucket

It’s the 5-year anniversary of the Deep Water Horizon Blow out and Proceeding Oil Spill, and we sat down with researchers from The University of Texas Marine Science Institute who have been studying the effects of oil and dispersants with major...
Anthropogenic Nutrient Input in Lake Taihu, China

Anthropogenic Nutrient Input in Lake Taihu, China

Understanding how nutrients effect the genetic, functional and taxonomic biodiversity WHY   Nitrogen is an important component of all organisms and occurs in numerous forms in the environment. Although crucial to all life processes, excessive amounts of nitrogen, caused by increased human population size and...
A Stellar Instructor

A Stellar Instructor

Dr. Chris Shank received the 2015 College of Natural Sciences Teaching Excellence Award for his steadfast dedication to our students' education and welfare. He is also the recipient of one of fourteen faculty selected for the Provost Teaching Fellowship which includes a $25,000 grant to pursue...
Teacher Workshop Registration is Open

Teacher Workshop Registration is Open

The TEACHERS ON THE ESTUARY (TOTE) Workshop is a National Estuarine Research Reserve System program. The Mission-Aransas Reserve will host a TOTE workshop, July 14-16, 2015, at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas, TX, to help middle and high school...