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Keyser Awarded Francis M. Peacock Scholarship

Keyser Awarded Francis M. Peacock Scholarship

The Coastal Bend is one of the most “birdiest” regions in America. This region is also experiencing climatic shifts that are causing an increase in mangroves. Bird species in coastal regions, which rely heavily on specific plant communities, are particularly vulnerable...
Communities Plan for Continued Conservation

Communities Plan for Continued Conservation

A hurricane or other natural disaster can cause large and multiple changes to parks and natural areas. After Hurricane Harvey ripped through the Coastal Bend, it provided a unique opportunity for community planners take a step back and implement strategies to...
CCA Lends a Hand

CCA Lends a Hand

A group of 20 do-gooders from the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA), Austin Chapter were onsite at the Wetlands Education Center this past Friday. The volunteer team was part of the CCA-Austin’s effort to serve and support local communities. “We try to...
A Look at the Multi-Tool of Aquatic Science

A Look at the Multi-Tool of Aquatic Science

Stable isotope analysis is a common and extremely useful tool for studying aquatic life from single cells to whole ecosystems. Over 600 papers using stable isotope studies have been published in the journal Limnology and Oceanography (L&O) over the past 60...
Local Fishing Organization Supports Research to Put Eyes on the Shore

Local Fishing Organization Supports Research to Put Eyes on the Shore

The Mission-Aransas Reserve at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute just received two donations; one from the Flatsworthy, Inc. and Patagonia for $5,000 and one for $889 from Flatsworthy, Inc. in memory of Christopher “Chip” Pitcarin. These new funds will...
Fuiman travels to Florida to Contribute to 'baby' Snook Research

Fuiman travels to Florida to Contribute to 'baby' Snook Research

Lee Fuiman, Director of the Fisheries and Mariculture Laboratory at the Marine Science Institute of the University of Texas (UT) at Austin, will spend four of the next six months based at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida to exchange knowledge...
When First is Not to Win

When First is Not to Win

Texas leads Gulf of Mexico states in beach pollution. A recent study documents that Texas shorelines, specifically those in the Coastal Bend region, accumulate 10 times more trash than those in the north central Gulf states of Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida....
When the Dunes Turn Blue

When the Dunes Turn Blue

A team of young and enthusiastic workers wielding chainsaws and herbicide have descended upon the Coastal Bend region to help destroy invasive plant species leaving blue dunes in their wake. The blue is actually temporary dye in herbicide that allows the...
Aransas Channel May be the Heart of Sportfish Populations

Aransas Channel May be the Heart of Sportfish Populations

The Texas State Aquarium is investing in fisheries research at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI) to help understand the fish use of shipping channels and passes. The Texas State Aquarium is collaborating with researchers to understand how, when, and...
A Little Holiday Reading

A Little Holiday Reading

Happy Holidays from The University of Texas Marine Science Institute! Click on the image below to read our fourth quarter newsletter of 2018.  
Now Hiring Captain Position

Now Hiring Captain Position

The University of Texas Marine Science Institute is now hiring a captain for the R/V Katy. The R/V Katy is a 57-foot trawler. It is a floating classroom and a key component of the education and outreach program. Consider this fulfilling...
Putting For Purpose Raises Money for Reserve

Putting For Purpose Raises Money for Reserve

The Port of Corpus Christi's annual Putting for a Purpose Golf Tournament with all proceeds benefiting the Mission-Aransas Reserve was held at the North Shore Country Club the last weekend of October. The event raised $10,950 for the Mission-Aransas Reserve. “We...
Waste in our Waterways

Waste in our Waterways

From nurdles to water bottle accumulation rates, plastic waste in Texas coastal oceans and watersheds were the topics of discussion in the first Texas Plastic Pollution Symposium hosted on Tuesday, October 30th by the Mission-Aransas Reserve and The University of Texas...
New Book Dives into the Coral Reef Management

New Book Dives into the Coral Reef Management

Coral reefs are in peril and a new book, "Managing Coral Reefs," written by Dr. Kelly Dunning at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute and Mission-Aransas Reserve describes how two different countries in Southeast Asia use two drastically different approaches...
Going Green

Going Green

PORT ARANSAS - When local governments and city planners think about roadways and shorelines, they might use Kermit-the-Frog’s refrain “it’s not easy being green.” Often the use plants for flood mitigation or erosion control is not a common strategy, which may...
The Gulf of Mexico gets its Physical

The Gulf of Mexico gets its Physical

A new report has just been released that delivers a plan to gauge the health of Gulf of Mexico ecosystems. The Northern Gulf of Mexico and all of the habitats within it are big, and it takes big-picture thinking to accurately...
Clinging for life; blue crabs run the gauntlet of currents

Clinging for life; blue crabs run the gauntlet of currents

If you’ve ever been to the beach when the baby blue crabs are in season, you’ll know it. These small, larval, versions of the yummy entrees look like rain droplets. They are small but mighty and can become quite a nuisance...
SeaWorld Announces New Partnership with ARK

SeaWorld Announces New Partnership with ARK

SeaWorld San Antonio & Aquatica recently announced a new partnership with the Amos Rehabilitation Keep. This partnership will begin with the construction of a new, interactive sea turtle attraction called Turtle Reef at the SeaWorld park in San Antonio to be...
Like cracking a code of hieroglyphics, chemists decipher the previously secret structure of matter

Like cracking a code of hieroglyphics, chemists decipher the previously secret structure of matter

Several thousands of years ago, when the pharaohs ruled ancient Egypt, organic matter in the oceans like seagrass and by products of fish waste created during their time is just now breaking down and transferred back into the atmosphere. Dissolved organic...
Biologists Monitoring Red Tide

Biologists Monitoring Red Tide

The University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI) scientists confirmed that samples from the Port Aransas Ship Channel had low to moderate numbers of Karenia brevis, which is a type of microscopic alga that can cause a red tide bloom when...