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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
BUSKEY, EDWARD J
Edward J Buskey
Professor
Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Regents Chair in Marine Science

Zooplankton Ecology, Estuarine Ecology
361-749-3102
ERC
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DUNTON, KENNETH H
Kenneth H Dunton
Professor
Aquatic Plant Ecology, Coastal Ecosystem Processes
361-749-6728
S06
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ERDNER, DEANA L
Deana L Erdner
Associate Professor
Phytoplankton Molecular Ecology, Harmful Algal Blooms, Interactions Between Algae and Associated Bacteria
361-749-6719
S06
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ESBAUGH, ANDREW J
Andrew J Esbaugh
Associate Professor
Fish Physiology
361-749-6835
S06
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Fuiman, Lee
Lee A Fuiman
Associate Director for Fisheries and Mariculture Laboratory, Professor
Perry R. Bass Chair in Fisheries and Mariculture

Behavior, sensory ecology, morphology, and physiology of fish larvae and marine mammals; Larval fish culture, broodstock management.
361-749-6795
S20 129
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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
361-749-6705
S06
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Holt, Joan
G. Joan Holt
Professor Emeritus
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
361-749-6772
S06
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MCCLELLAND, JAMES W
James W McClelland
Professor
Land-Sea Coupling, Coastal Ecosystem Dynamics, Biogeochemistry
361-749-6756
S06
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Pelfrey, Jamey
Jamey L Pelfrey
Marine Science Program Coordinator
Notary Public
361-749-6801
S06 207
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THOMAS, PETER
Peter Thomas
Professor
H-E-B Endowed Chair in Marine Science

Fish Reproductive Physiology, Marine Environmental Toxicology
361-749-6711
S06
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VILLAREAL, TRACY A
Tracy A Villareal
Professor
Phytoplankton Ecology
361-749-6732
S13
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Yeager, Lauren
Lauren A Yeager
Assistant Professor
Marine Ecology