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Eavesdropping on the Secret Lives of Fish

Eavesdropping on the Secret Lives of Fish

Benjamin Walther analyzes the "earstones" of fish to learn where they've been, and where climate change may take them.

Marine Scientists Awarded Grant to Study Ciguatera Fish Poisoning

Marine Scientists Awarded Grant to Study Ciguatera Fish Poisoning

Marine scientist Deana Erdner is part of an international team of researchers awarded an anticipated five-year, $4 million grant to study the causes of ciguatera fish poisoning, the most common form of algal toxin-induced seafood poisoning in the world.
Marine Scientists Awarded $5.6 Million for Study of Critical Arctic Environment

Marine Scientists Awarded $5.6 Million for Study of Critical Arctic Environment

The grant will allow for extensive study of the Hanna Shoal area in the Chukchi Sea, an area valued highly by the oil industry for offshore drilling.

Captive Breeding Could Transform the Saltwater Aquarium Trade and Save Coral Reefs, Marine Biologists Say

Marine biologists at The University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute are developing means to efficiently breed saltwater aquarium fish, seahorses, plankton and invertebrates in captivity in order to preserve the biologically rich ecosystems of the world's coral reefs.

Marine Science Institute Receives $7 Million Grant to Study the Impact of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Marine Science Institute Receives $7 Million Grant to Study the Impact of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

The grant is the largest in the Marine Science Institute's 70-year history.

Giant Claw Helps Fiddler Crabs Stay Cool in More Ways Than One

Giant Claw Helps Fiddler Crabs Stay Cool in More Ways Than One

A male fiddler crab's oversized claw not only looks cool to the ladies, but new research suggests it literally helps crabs to stay cool.

Coral Safe

Coral Safe

Joan Holt would like to see a day when the saltwater fish tanks at your local pet store have a big label slapped on them that says “Coral Safe.”
Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone Severely Impairs Reproduction In Atlantic Croaker, Researchers Find

Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone Severely Impairs Reproduction In Atlantic Croaker, Researchers Find

Study, the first of its kind looking at fish reproduction across the large hypoxic region off the coast of Louisiana, shows that croaker produce fewer eggs and sperm.
National Science Foundation Grant Helps Preserve and Digitize Fossil Collections

National Science Foundation Grant Helps Preserve and Digitize Fossil Collections

Fragile fossils as old as 55 million years will soon be protected, digitized and made accessible to researchers through $350,000 grant.

At Depth, the Hidden Cost of Oil?

Marine scientist Tracy Villareal on the search for deep water oil plumes in the Gulf of Mexico.

Labs at Sea: Managing Research Miles from Shore

When a piece of equipment breaks in a science lab, it can hold things up for hours. On a research ship 100 miles from port, delays could turn into highly expensive days.

MSI: Sentinels for Climate Change

A video about the climate change related research and education at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas, Texas.

Beneath Two Meters of Arctic Ice, Texas Scientists Will Seek Better Understanding of Carbon Cycling and Climate

Beneath Two Meters of Arctic Ice, Texas Scientists Will Seek Better Understanding of Carbon Cycling and Climate

Marine scientists will study coastal ecosystems in the Arctic throughout the year through a $1 million NSF grant.

The Hunt for Oil Plumes

Marine scientist Dr. Tracy Villareal will serve as chief scientist on a research cruise this August into the Gulf of Mexico to study the impacts of the oil spill on phyto- and zooplankton communities and map deepwater oil plumes.

Explore Oil Spill Related Research

Marine Science Institute faculty have years of expertise studying the Gulf of Mexico. Our new "Gulf Science" Web site highlights faculty areas of research related to the oil spill and the Gulf.