Department of Marine Science
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.
Enrollment (Fall 2013)
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
ResearchRed 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 & InstitutesMarine Science Institute
Mission Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve