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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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (361)749-3152


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. 11- Andrew Orgill, ARK Staff Supervisor - A year in Review: Interesting cases at the Amos Rehabilitation Keep

Jan. 18 - Cory Mottice, Warning Coordination Meteorologist National Weather Service - 2023 Weather in Review and a Look at the Ongoing El Nino

Jan. 25 - Rae Mooney, Nature Preserve Manager for the City of Port Aransas - Port Aransas Nature Preserve upcoming improvements and nature programs

Feb. 1- Jordan Casey, Assistant Professor at UTMSI - Mapping marine food webs from tropical coral reefs to the Texas Gulf Coast

Feb. 8- Mark Lever, Associate Professor at UTMSI - Can seaweed farming support a green economy in Texas intra-coastal waters?

Feb. 15 - Sharon Herzka, Associate Professor at UTMSI - Greater than the sum of its parts: a system-wide tour of the Gulf of Mexico

Feb. 22 - Dr. George Archibald, International Crane Foundation co-founder, and Indigenous Whooping Crane Protector Ronnie Schaefer - The remarkable story of Whooping Cranes in Canada's North: from their accidental discovery in the nick of time, to new threats posed in a world of unprecedented wildfires.

Feb. 29 - Kyle Runion, PhD Candidate at UTMSI - Satellite-based tools detail salt marsh resilience




Bay Education Center, 121 Seabreeze Drive, Rockport Texas 78382

Our Bay Talks is a FREE public Lecture Series at the Bay Education Center in Rockport on Wednesdays @ 2 pm from January - February.

Jan. 10- Paityn Bower, Outreach Biologist at International Crane Foundation - Whooping Cranes

Jan. 17- Athena Frasca, Bringing Baffin Back Watershed Coordinator at Texas A&M CC Harte Research Institute – Watershed health and water quality

Jan. 24- Kyle Runion, Ph.D. Candidate at UTMSI – Remote sensing and salt marsh biomass

Jan. 31- Philip Souza, Ph.D. Candidate at UTMSI – Fish Acoustics

Feb. 7- Andrew Esbaugh, Associate Professor at UTMSI – Ocean Acidification

Feb. 14 - Kyra Cipolla, Ph.D. Student at UTMSI – Human-influenced stressors on coral

Feb. 21 - Isabelle Cummings, Graduate Research Assistant at Texas A&M CC Harte Research Institute– Shining Light on Harvest and Effort for the Recreational Flounder Gig Fishery in Texas

Winter Texan programs are offered weekly on Fridays from 10:30-11:15 am for our Winter Texans and others. They're limited to the first 12 adults.



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.