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The research unit of The University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute emphasizes both basic and applied research aimed at understanding the biological, chemical and physical processes governing the coastal zone ecosystem.

Through the use of state-of-the-art scientific equipment, hard-core number crunching, and old-fashioned, back-breaking fieldwork, institute scientists are learning about things that affect the every day lives of all people living on this planet.

The institute is based in Port Aransas, but its scientists address issues worldwide. From climate to food, everyone on this planet is affected by or dependent upon the oceans.

Research at the Marine Science Institute falls into three broad categories: biogeochemistry, fish physiology and ecology, and ecosystem dynamics.

Our research is conducted under the ethical guidelines developed by our research staff.