A Resource for Texas. A Resource for the World.


  • Housed at the Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas, Texas.
  • First marine laboratory on the Gulf Coast, established in 1941.
  • First to spawn redfish, flounder, croaker and cobia in captivity.
  • Manages the Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve, which at 185,708 acres is the third largest estuarine reserve in the nation.
  • Science and the SeaTM radio program is heard on 180 affiliates in 41 states and in 52 countries.
  • 10,000 K–12 school children, 50 K–12 teachers and 25,000–30,000 visitors to Visitor's Center annually.
  • Received $6.77 million Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Grant to understand how oil spill disperses in the Gulf of Mexico and how it affects the Gulf ecology.
  • Discovered dispersants applied to Deepwater Horizon oil are more toxic to Gulf of Mexico food web than oil alone.
  • Leading study that will further identify critical habitat in the Arctic’s Chukchi Sea to help the oil industry minimize impact on the local ecology from off-shore drilling.
  • Scientists bring in more than $5 for every $1 the state spends on the institute.
  • Animal Rehabilitation Keep rescues and rehabilitates thousands of animals annually.
The Department of Marine Science and Marine Science Institute are dedicated to understanding and sharing our knowledge of the world's oceans and coasts - critical ecosystems for the health and future of humanity and the earth.


458 Undergraduate
28 Graduate
Enrollment (Fall 2013)


14 faculty
1 Regent's Outstanding Teaching Award
1 James Centorino Award for Marine Education
1 Texas Aquaculture Association Researcher of the Year (won two times)
6 post-doctoral fellows


Red tide / Oil spills / Hypoxia and dead zones / Climate change / Drug development / Larval fish ecology / Fish migration / Captive spawning / Ciguatera / Ocean acidification / Nitrogen fixation / Biodiversity / Land-ocean linkages

Affiliated Centers & Institutes

Marine Science Institute
Mission Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve