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The public lecture series are presentations of research and programs by scientists. All lectures are free and specially prepared for the public and occur January - March. 

All lectures are FREE of charge and will be presented in person.

If you have any questions, please contact Adriana Reza at (361)749-3152 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Lectures at 7:00 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday

Patton Center, 855 East Cotter Avenue, Port Aransas TX 78373

Jan 12th – Alicia Walker – ARK Year in Review
Jan 19th – Katie Swanson – Black Mangroves
Jan 26th – Liz Sommerville – Weather presentation
Feb 2nd – Catherine Musemeche – Oceanographer Mary Sears
Feb 9th – Lee Fuiman – Antarctic research on seals
Feb 16th – Kristin Nielsen - Ecotoxicology
Feb 23rd – David Newstead – Bird migration

We also have a public lecture on Friday, January 13th at 4 p.m. entitled "Dredge or Die: a race to the bottom of the US Gulf Coast” by Joshua Lewis & Ben Depp. 



Laura Randall Schweppe Endowed Lecture Series in Marine Science

Black-SkimmerThrough a generous donation in 1998, Dr. Irving Schweppe, Jr. and his daughters, Anne S. Ashmun and Jane V. S. Scott endowed the Laura Randall Schweppe Endowed Lecture Series in Marine Science at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute. The series honors the memory of a wife and mother who had a lifelong love of the marine environment, especially around Port Aransas. The lecture series brings accomplished scientists to the Marine Science Institute to interact with its faculty, staff, and students and especially to foster new ideas and research collaborations. In addition, these visiting scientists often give a lecture on a topic of interest to the general public.