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4th Quarter Newsletter is Out

4th Quarter Newsletter is Out

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Annual Library Arts and Crafts Holiday Party

Annual Library Arts and Crafts Holiday Party

Last week, UTMSI staff, students and friends celebrated the holidays in their 6th Annual Library Arts and Crafts Holiday Party. The UTMSI Green Team sponsored an art contest with a recycled art theme and presented awards to Mary Rodriguez and Emily Anderson. It was...
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Student Spotlight: Nick Reyna

Student Spotlight: Nick Reyna

Congratulations to our newest Master of Science, Nicholas Reyna! Nick Reyna was awarded 2nd place in student oral presentations at this year's Texas Bays and Estuaries Meeting. Pictured with meeting sponsor, Ray Allen, from the Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program....
Responding for Science: UTMSI Scientists Participate in CITGO Oil Spill Response Drill

Responding for Science: UTMSI Scientists Participate in CITGO Oil Spill Response Drill

Dr. Hernando Bacosa, right, catches up with Bert Panahon, Port Captain at CITGO Petroleum New Jersey who also happens to be his relative from the Philippines. Photo credit: Sarah Cosgrove.Scientists from the Dispersion Research on Oil: Physics and Plankton Studies (DROPPS)...
NERR Rakes in the Awards

NERR Rakes in the Awards

Dr. Ed Buskey, right, received the 2016 National Estuarine Research Reserve System’s (NERRS) Impact Award from NERRS President Dr. William Reay, for his dedication and service to the national system. Courtesy Photo. At the recent National Estuarine Research Reserve System's annual...
Staff Spotlight: Dr. Lauren Yeager

Staff Spotlight: Dr. Lauren Yeager

We sat down with our newest faculty member, Dr. Lauren Yeager to talk about her research and how she continuously feeds her curiosity about the marine environment. Dr. Lauren Yeager is the newest addition to the Marine Science Department and she...
Coastal Bend Bays Foundation Honors UTMSI’s Own

Coastal Bend Bays Foundation Honors UTMSI’s Own

Two members of The University of Texas Marine Science Institute were recognized at the 14th Annual Conservation & Environmental Stewardship Awards Banquet on Thursday, November 3, 2016 in an event hosted by the Coastal Bend Bays Foundation. Director of the Animal Rehabilitation...
Breaking Trail on the New Dunescape

Breaking Trail on the New Dunescape

Construction of the trails for the new “Dunescape” began last week. This project will restore about two acres of dune habitat, and provide the public access and education on the importance of dune habitats on our local barrier islands, such as...
Special Issue Magazine Features UTMSI Scientists

Special Issue Magazine Features UTMSI Scientists

A new special issue of Oceanography magazine features work from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative.The recent September edition of Oceanography magazine is a special issue focused on the work that the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative is sponsoring on the...
On the Lookout for Drifters

On the Lookout for Drifters

CICESE, a marine research institution in Mexico is conducting a project led by UTMSI alumni Dr. Sharon Herzka that neScientists are on the lookout for these bright orange drifters that may wash ashore on our beaches. Photo credit: Sharon Herzka.eds your...
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It's Monarch Madness!

It's Monarch Madness!

Trinity Morgan, a 5th grader from Seadrift Elementary, leads the flock of Whopping Cranes in a mock migration. Trinity and here classmates were participating in Monarch Madness, an annual event hosted by Fennessey Ranch and many partners. REFUGIO, Texas – This...
Science and Art Collide in a Unique Contest

Science and Art Collide in a Unique Contest

Flour Bluff Intermediate school students competed in the Trash to Treasure contest in categories of Dia de los Muertos and Creative. The goal of the project was to teach children about the impacts of marine debris. The winning sculptures will be...
Photo Journal through the Icy Antarctic

Photo Journal through the Icy Antarctic

Dr. Lee Fuiman takes a voyage to the icy Antarctic. His mission: Understand how Weddell seals navigate under Antarctic ice. Follow us on Facebook to track his journey. Dr. Fuiman and a team of researchers from four universities are trying to...
Sink or Swim for Your Meal

Sink or Swim for Your Meal

New research shows that diatoms can exhibit novel behavior. Diatoms are one of the earth's most important organisms and are responsible for up to 40% of ocean productivity. With no physical means to move, like a tail or cilia, scientists thought...
Erisman to Receive Prestigious Fellowship

Erisman to Receive Prestigious Fellowship

Dr. Brad Erisman will use the fellowship better understand fish spawning aggregations. Courtesy photo.The Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine announced today that Dr. Brad Erisman is one of a select few recipients of its...
Lending Whoopers a Helping Hand

Lending Whoopers a Helping Hand

This is the fifth annual volunteer clean-up of the Refuge shoreline. Photo credit: Nancy Arnold, Rockport Birding and Kayak Adventures.This past Saturday, over 30 volunteers participated in the Annual Aransas National Wildlife Refuge Clean-Up. They help rid the shoreline and the...

Study Finds Natural Sunlight Affects Oil-Degrading Bacteria Composition and Dynamics

Dr. Hernando Bacosa works at the seawater filtration system aboard the R/V Pelican 2013 cruise to the Deepwater Horizon site in the Gulf of Mexico. Photo provided by Hernando Bacosa.Scientists at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute have demonstrated how...
A Decade of Research and Inspiration

A Decade of Research and Inspiration

Festival participants hunt for mud crabs among oysters at the National Estuaries Day festival and the Mission-Aransas Reserve's 10-year anniversary. This past Saturday, the Mission-Aransas Reserve celebrated its 10th anniversary on National Estuaries Day. The event was commemorated with a festival...
Connecting UT Libraries to the Coast and Back

Connecting UT Libraries to the Coast and Back

Colleen Lyon, Scholarly Communications Librarian at UT Libraries, covered the basics of copyright, transfer agreements associated with copyright, open access publishing and how to legally share research on online tools like ResearchGate and Academia.edu. Photo credit: Liz DeHart.After a year’s planning...
Taiwan and Texas - what their fish and ours have in common to survive

Taiwan and Texas - what their fish and ours have in common to survive

Graduate student, Joshua Lonthair, spends the summer finding out. This research trip was enabled and supported by the National Science Foundation’s East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes Fellowship Program. Photo credit: Joshua Lonthair.Joshua just returned from a summer research trip to Taiwan,...