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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...
Community Leaders Meet to Discuss Resiliency

Community Leaders Meet to Discuss Resiliency

Local elected officials and planners met on December 11th at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute to discuss resiliency needs and tools for planning in your area. The forum was hosted by the Texas General Land Office and the Mission-Aransas...
Library Arts and Crafts Holiday Party Raises Awareness of Marine Debris

Library Arts and Crafts Holiday Party Raises Awareness of Marine Debris

Last week UTMSI staff, students and friends celebrated the holidays in their 4th Annual Library Arts and Crafts Holiday Party. The art theme this year was marine debris and the UTMSI Green Team sponsored an art contest. There were over 11...
UTMSI's Bryan Black Leads International Workshop

UTMSI's Bryan Black Leads International Workshop

From otolith archives to networks of biochronologiesWorkshop held to study growth-increment chronologies in marine fishAt its meeting last week, the first Workshop on Growth-increment Chronologies in Marine Fish: climate-ecosystem interactions in the North Atlantic (WKGIC)​ identified several otolith archives that could...
Scientist-in-Residence Program helps host Port Aransas Science Fair

Scientist-in-Residence Program helps host Port Aransas Science Fair

The Port Aransas Science Fair occurred November 19th and was a culmination of six weeks of research and experimentation by 4th and 5th graders of the Port Aransas Independent School District. The University of Texas Marine Science Institute Scientist-in-Residence graduate students...
Peter Thomas Talks About His Groundbreaking Work on Steroid Hormones and Cancer

Peter Thomas Talks About His Groundbreaking Work on Steroid Hormones and Cancer

Peter Thomas Talks About His Groundbreaking Work on Steroid Hormones and Cancer: hormones, new hormone receptors, and why discoveries in fish are receiving attention in cancer researchIn the fight against cancer there is an unlikely hero: a small coastal fish, the...
University of Texas Marine Science Institute Leads in Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Research

University of Texas Marine Science Institute Leads in Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Research

Port Aransas, Texas – A University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI) led consortium of seven institutions was awarded $9.2 million on November 14th to continue research on the impact of oil spills and dispersants on the Gulf of Mexico and...
Research Experience for Undergraduates - Accepting Applications

Research Experience for Undergraduates - Accepting Applications

Do you know an undergraduate interested in marine science? UTMSI is now accepting applications for 8 paid research fellowships for the summer of 2015. Students get the opportunity to conduct independent research projects among mentors and peers. REUisME is a summer research program...
UTMSI Scientists Lead the Way in Oil Spill Research

UTMSI Scientists Lead the Way in Oil Spill Research

The award announcement is out for the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiatives: http://gulfresearchinitiative.org/gulf-mexico-research-initiative-awards-140-million-support-research/A big congratulations to UTMSI's Ed Buskey, Zhanfei Liu, Deana Erdner, Brad Gemmell, Tracy Villareal, and Andrew Espaugh whose work will be funded to investigate the effect of oil spills on...
2014 Gulf Estuarine Research Society Meeting Deemed A Success

2014 Gulf Estuarine Research Society Meeting Deemed A Success

PORT ARANSAS, Texas – On October 30-31, 2014, the University of Texas Marine Science Institute hosted a biennial meeting of the Gulf Estuarine Research Society. Researchers and students traveled from across the Gulf of Mexico to share their discoveries and share...
Citizen Science in Action: Scientists and volunteers measure movements of the big and the small

Citizen Science in Action: Scientists and volunteers measure movements of the big and the small

PORT ARANSAS, Texas - The Texas State Aquarium is investing in research at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI) to help understand the movements and migrations of both Atlantic tarpon and larval blue crabs. Both of these animals are...
Semester-by-the-Sea Students Rake in the Awards

Semester-by-the-Sea Students Rake in the Awards

Congratulations Sara Garcia and Andrew Kang! Sara and Andrew were Semester-by-the-Sea students last spring at UTMSI. Sara just won first place by the North American Marine Environmental Protection Association (NAMEPA) and third place by the American Salvage Association Education Committee in...