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Established in 1941, The University of Texas Marine Science Institute is the oldest and most significant marine research facility on the Texas coast. What began humbly as a small shack in Port Aransas is now home to cutting-edge scientists, graduate students and educators. Since the institute’s founding, scientists have been helping create more productive fisheries, have been educating our next generation of scientific leaders, and are now working to understand how our oceans and coasts are changing through time. They engage in research on all aspects of our oceans and coasts, and their findings affect our everyday lives. The University of Texas Marine Science Institute has a tremendous economic impact and is a critical resource for the State of Texas.

UTMSI is home of the Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve, the Animal Rehabilitation Keep, Wetlands Education Center and the Fisheries and Mariculture Lab.

Facts

  • Provided the know-how to repopulate the Gulf of Mexico with redfish and is now helping to restore dwindling flounder populations
  • Has had an enormous economic impact on the state by creating techniques for breeding and releasing saltwater fish
  • Brings in $6 in external research funding for every $1 the State of Texas provides
  • Educates over 10,000 K–12 children annually about the importance of our Texas coasts, bays and estuaries
  • Is pointing the way to possible new treatments for cancer and infertility in humans
  • Prepares teachers to better educate our children in science for the future of Texas
  • Was involved in the first discovery of deep water oil in the Gulf of Mexico

 

Director: Bob Dickey
Baker, Brett
Brett J Baker
Assistant Professor

BLACK, BRYAN A
Bryan A Black
Associate Professor

BUSKEY, EDWARD J
Edward J Buskey
Professor

Zooplankton Ecology, Estuarine Ecology
DUNTON, KENNETH H
Kenneth H Dunton
Professor

Aquatic Plant Ecology, Coastal Ecosystem Processes
ERDNER, DEANA L
Deana L Erdner
Associate Professor

Phytoplankton Molecular Ecology, Harmful Algal Blooms, Interactions Between Algae and Associated Bacteria
ESBAUGH, ANDREW J
Andrew J Esbaugh
Assistant Professor

Fish Physiology
Fuiman, Lee
Lee A Fuiman
Associate Director for Fisheries and Mariculture Laboratory, Professor

Behavior, sensory ecology, morphology, and physiology of fish larvae and marine mammals; Larval fish culture, broodstock management.
Gardner, Wayne
Wayne S Gardner
Professor Emeritus

Not accepting graduate students. Nutrient/Energy Transformations in Coastal Ecosystems
HARDISON, AMBER
Amber Hardison
Assistant Professor

Marine Biogeochemistry
Holt, Joan
G. Joan Holt
Professor Emerita

Physical, chemical and biological factors that affect the growth and survival of larval and juvenile marine fish.
LIU, ZHANFEI
Zhanfei Liu
Associate Professor

Marine Organic Geochemistry, Environmental Analytical Chemistry
MCCLELLAND, JAMES W
James W McClelland
Associate Professor

Land-Sea Coupling, Coastal Ecosystem Dynamics, Biogeochemistry
Pelfrey, Jamey
Jamey L Pelfrey
Marine Science Program Coordinator

Notary Public
THOMAS, PETER
Peter Thomas
Professor

Fish Reproductive Physiology, Marine Environmental Toxicology
VILLAREAL, TRACY A
Tracy A Villareal
Professor

Phytoplankton Ecology
Yeager, Lauren
Lauren A Yeager
Assistant Professor

Marine Ecology