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New App will Help Track Monarch Butterflies Migrations in Gulf of Mexico

New App will Help Track Monarch Butterflies Migrations in Gulf of Mexico

An app being developed by University of Texas Marine Science Institute scientist, Dr. Tracy Villareal, will harness the power of citizens to help collect data on the occurrence of monarch butterflies over the Gulf of Mexico during the migration. The project...
Check out the latest edition of Marine Science News

Check out the latest edition of Marine Science News

Click here to read the latest news from the University of Texas Marine Science Institute.
5th-8th Grade Girls Invited to participate in Women in Marine Science

5th-8th Grade Girls Invited to participate in Women in Marine Science

Girls in 5th-8th grade join us for Women in Marine Science, March 28, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. REGISTER HERE
Citizen Scientists Make a Difference in Blue Crab Research

Citizen Scientists Make a Difference in Blue Crab Research

Check out the new video about our blue crab research: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQT1ihMoEak   Background: The Texas State aquarium provided funding to UTMSI for a citizen science project that will provide insight into the causes of declining blue crab populations in South Texas. Blue...
Marine Science Advisory Council Visits Texas Capitol

Marine Science Advisory Council Visits Texas Capitol

Members of the UTMSI Marine Science Advisory Council met with members from the Texas legislator today to talk about the importance of the Marine Science Institute and what it means to Texas.
Dr. Ed Buskey presents at the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference

Dr. Ed Buskey presents at the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference

UTMSI’s Dr. Ed Buskey presents “What happens to oil at very small scales and its effects on bacteria and zooplankton” during a special plenary session with results from the Dispersion Research on Oil: Physics and Plankton Studies (DROPPS) consortium. This work...
We Love our Volunteers

We Love our Volunteers

The University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI) and Mission-Aransas Reserve hosted a volunteer appreciation event this week. The gathering featured Science and Art Instructor, Marilyn Cook, as she led a nature inspired painting lesson. Light Hors d'oeuvres will helped fuel...
Students Go Head-to-Head to Battle in the National Ocean Science Bowl

Students Go Head-to-Head to Battle in the National Ocean Science Bowl

PORT ARANSAS, Texas – This past Saturday, February 7, 2015 ten teams from eight schools throughout South Texas competed for the opportunity to win the Loggerhead Challenge. The Loggerhead Challenge is the Southern Texas Regional competition of the National Ocean Sciences...
Graduate Students Recognized as GoMRI Scholars for Oil Spill Research

Graduate Students Recognized as GoMRI Scholars for Oil Spill Research

Several students from the University of Texas Marine Science Institute, Kellie Hoppe, Ellen Knapke, and visiting student Zucheng Wang, have been recognized by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) as GoMRI Scholars. The GoMRI Scholar program was created to commend...
Tony Amos Receives Green Team Environmental Hero Award

Tony Amos Receives Green Team Environmental Hero Award

The Annual Green Team Environmental Hero Award is presented by the University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI) Green Team each year to a UTMSI employee or volunteer that has demonstrated exemplary leadership and sustained commitment to the Green Team mission...
Hundreds of Sea Turtles Get a New Lease on Life

Hundreds of Sea Turtles Get a New Lease on Life

PORT ARANSAS, TX – Over 200 sea turtles were released back into the wild this afternoon with the help of many volunteers and several agencies. The Animal Rehabilitation Keep at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute housed and recuperated over...
Marine Mammals Smash Free-Diving Records by Altering Physiological States

Marine Mammals Smash Free-Diving Records by Altering Physiological States

Marine mammals routinely confront extreme physiological and physical challenges when they chase prey underwater while holding their breath. To determine how marine mammals accomplish chases in the deep sea, a team of scientists attached specially designed instruments that recorded high-resolution electrocardiograms,...
Kimberly Bittler Receives Prestigious Award for Graduate Work

Kimberly Bittler Receives Prestigious Award for Graduate Work

University of Texas Marine Science Institute graduate, Kimberly Bittler, was recently announced as winner of the 2014 Walter B. Jones Memorial Award for Excellence in Coastal and Marine Graduate Study. These national awards, given every two years, recognize graduate students whose...
Workshop Helps Researchers Bridge the Gulf of Science and Policy

Workshop Helps Researchers Bridge the Gulf of Science and Policy

PORT ARANSAS, Texas – The Mission-Aransas Reserve recently hosted a workshop to help scientists and resources managers bridge the gulf between science and policy. This was a unique workshop because it helped participants build awareness, capacity, and skills to develop projects...
Scientists document longest-ever case of sperm storage in sharks

Scientists document longest-ever case of sperm storage in sharks

A brownbanded bamboo shark at the California Academy of Sciences lays viable egg—with healthy pup—after 45-month seclusion from malesSAN FRANCISCO — Brownbanded bamboo sharks take the term “resourceful” to a whole new level. Steinhart Aquarium biologists at the California Academy of...
Join us for a series of presentations about estuary, coastal, and marine environments - led by the scientists who study them

Join us for a series of presentations about estuary, coastal, and marine environments - led by the scientists who study them

Are you interested in science and want to learn more about fishes, birds, butterflies, or how to survive a tsunami? If so, our free public lectures at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute’s facilities in Port Aransas and Rockport will...
Retracing the Steps of Southern Flounder

Retracing the Steps of Southern Flounder

If you are interested in learning more about Southern Flounder and where they go throughout their lives, check out the feature article in the Coastal Conservation Association TIDE Magazine. The article was written by Megan K. Nims, who recently completed her...
Summer programs at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute put sea life at youngsters’ fingertips

Summer programs at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute put sea life at youngsters’ fingertips

UTMSI's educational programs are the lead feature in this month's Texas Co-op Power magazine. Check it out http://www.texascooppower.com/texas-stories/nature-outdoors/immersed-in-learning   About Texas Co-op Power: Bringing Texas Home Since 1944In 1944, the first issue of Texas Co-op Power magazine rolled off the presses. The...
New research begins to understand how Weddell seals navigate under Antarctic ice

New research begins to understand how Weddell seals navigate under Antarctic ice

PORT ARANSAS, Texas – Weddell seals routinely dive for 20 minutes at a time and travel up to a mile from where they started before returning to their breathing hole in the ice covered waters of Antarctica. How they find that...
Global Status Report on Fish Spawning Aggregations Just Released: Suggests Widespread Declines

Global Status Report on Fish Spawning Aggregations Just Released: Suggests Widespread Declines

At the recent International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) meeting in Okinawa, Japan, Science and Conservation of Fish Aggregations (SCRFA) and the ICRI Ad Hoc Committee of Reef Associated Fisheries launched the most up to date information with a report on how...