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Patton Donates $1 Million to Flounder Research

Patton Donates $1 Million to Flounder Research

In Texas and throughout the South, Southern Flounder are a favorite among anglers and seafood enthusiasts. The bad news is Southern Flounder populations across the South and Southeastern U.S. have been in decline since the 1970s. One man has taken on...
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Semester by the (Virtual) Sea Ends with a Zoom

Semester by the (Virtual) Sea Ends with a Zoom

Students throughout the country have had to change the way they learn, including Semester by the Sea undergraduates at the Marine Science Institute. This year’s 2020 cohort of 16 students were forced to halt their research and finish their lessons by...
A Mother’s Diet Changes the Metabolism of Her Children

A Mother’s Diet Changes the Metabolism of Her Children

Scientists at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas, Texas have discovered that just like humans, the nutrients that are passed from a mother fish to her offspring can change the way her offspring develop and make a...
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New Review updates knowledge on and biodiversity of Archaea

New Review updates knowledge on and biodiversity of Archaea

Archaea are quite possibly the most abundant and diverse life on planet, but why haven’t you heard about them? The little-known world of archaea gets a big spot light with a new review in Nature Microbiology, released this week by lead...
Marine Science News - 1st edition 2020

Marine Science News - 1st edition 2020

Greetings! We hope that you are all healthy and doing well. Click the image below to view The University of Texas Marine Science Institute’s newsletter, 1st Quarter edition of 2020. 
If You Built It; Fish Will Come

If You Built It; Fish Will Come

Anglers know that oil and gas platforms mean fish, but a recent study investigated which types of platforms and water conditions were best for finding specific types of fish. Derek Bolser, a graduate student at the University of Texas Marine Science...
Virtual Learning Resources

Virtual Learning Resources

Our Mission-Aransas Reserve education program strives to enhance public understanding of the value and function of estuaries and to encourage protection of the coastal environment. We are currently closed and all public-facing programming is cancelled until further notice. During this time,...
Extinction Risk to World’s Groupers Reassessed and Not Improved

Extinction Risk to World’s Groupers Reassessed and Not Improved

Groupers are among the highest valued reef fish, and a reassessment of all the grouper species around the world demonstrated that as much as 26% are threatened. In a recent paper published in Marine Policy, authors, including fisheries professor Dr. Brad...
Derelict Crab Trap Roundup

Derelict Crab Trap Roundup

Every February, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department closes the bays to commercial and recreational crabbing for 10-days each February. This temporary closure enables a coordinated effort by agencies and organizations to remove derelict crab traps. Derelict traps can cause problems as...
Researchers Determine the Best Formula for Baby Flounder

Researchers Determine the Best Formula for Baby Flounder

Just like humans, baby flounder need nutrients and specifically omega-3 fatty acids to thrive after birth. Fisheries researchers at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas are working with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to understand what is...
Summer Science Registration Is Open

Summer Science Registration Is Open

UT Summer Science is an exciting, inquiry-based learning experience for students entering 3rd through 8th grade.  Working alongside marine scientists from the University of Texas, students will experience science outside of the classroom. By the end of the program, students will...
Microplastic & Nurdle Literature

Microplastic & Nurdle Literature

Recently there has been increasing concerns about microplastics and nurdles on Texas and Gulf of Mexico beaches. There are two categories of microplastics: 1) primary microplastics, which are manufactured as microbeads, capsules, fibers or pellets (nurdles), and 2) secondary microplastics that...
Skinny Seagrass May Increase Hurricane Risk

Skinny Seagrass May Increase Hurricane Risk

As the saying goes ‘you can never be too rich or too thin’ unless of course, you’re a seagrass blade in Texas. In Texas, the climax species such as Thalassia, or turtle grass, are two times narrower than their relatives in...
Check out our Newsletter

Check out our Newsletter

Happy Holidays! Click the image below to read the 4th Quarter edition of Marine Science News. 
Public Lecture Series is Back!

Public Lecture Series is Back!

The University of Texas Marine Science Institute hosts a FREE public lecture series every winter. This year, lectures are every Thursday in February. They begin at 7:00 p.m. and the doors open at 6:30 p.m.. Pioneer Beach Resort, 120 Gulfwind Drive,...
'Tis the Season for Science

'Tis the Season for Science

Shout out to students who love science! Today's Port Aransas Science Fair is a culmination of research and experimentation by 4th and 5th graders from H.G. Olsen Elementary School.  Each student designed, executed, and analyzed the results of their own science...
It’s a SWaMP Thing

It’s a SWaMP Thing

With the wind whipping through her hair, donning polarized sunglasses and a bucket full of probes, research associate, Kelley Savage is the opposite of who you’d imagine when you picture the slimy green, frightening, superhero Swamp Thing. Unlikely as it may...
Beware of the Dead Zone; it’s sucking the oxygen out of the ocean

Beware of the Dead Zone; it’s sucking the oxygen out of the ocean

Deep beneath the waves of northern Gulf of Mexico is an area so dark and devoid of oxygen that few creatures can survive. It’s the Dead Zone and every summer it grows to cover on average of over 5,000 square miles...
2020 Discovery Fellowship Application Open

2020 Discovery Fellowship Application Open

This highly selective doctoral studies fellowship is open to recent graduates with a bachelor or master of science degree. The fellowship will support an exceptional student with full tuition, competitive stipend, fringe benefits, and subsidized residential housing for five years. The...
Finding the Bad Actors in Fish Poisoning

Finding the Bad Actors in Fish Poisoning

Peering into an image of lots of brightly colored lines that look like a barcode, Dr. Deana Erdner, an associate professor the University of Texas Marine Science Institute, is on the hunt. She’s stalking dinoflagellates of the genus Gambierdiscus, to see...