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Low Oxygen in Coastal Waters Impairs Fish Reproduction

Low Oxygen in Coastal Waters Impairs Fish Reproduction

Low oxygen levels in coastal waters interfere with fish reproduction by disrupting the fishes’ hormones, marine scientist Peter Thomas has found.

Marine Educator Rick Tinnin Receives National Award for Outreach

PORT ARANSAS, Texas—Dr. Rick Tinnin, director of marine education programs at The University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute (MSI), has been awarded the 2007 James Centorino Award from the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA). This award is given for distinguished performance in marine education by a NMEA member who is a profess...

Q & A: Jim McClelland, marine scientist

Focus on Science: The amount of freshwater in the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans has been increasing. Why is that a big deal? Jim McClelland: Changes in salinity of the oceans could alter ocean circulation patterns, and ultimately, climate. If you add more freshwater, you change the density of the ocean surface water such that it’s less like...Jim McClelland

Study reveals causes behind freshwater increase in North Atlantic and Arctic oceans

AUSTIN, Texas—A new analysis of 50 years of changes in freshwater inputs to the Arctic and North Atlantic oceans may shed light on what’s behind the recently observed increase in freshwater in the North Atlantic. University of Texas at Austin marine scientist Dr. Jim McClelland and his colleagues report their findings in the August 25 issue of the ...Dr. Jim McClelland

Toxic Seafood

A barracuda hunts around an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico. Photo by T. Villareal. Gambierdiscus toxicus. Photo by Maria Faust. The hunt for ciguatera is on in the Gulf of Mexico Marine scientist Dr. Tracy Villareal has discovered that oil platforms peppering the Texas Gulf coast could be acting as the perfect incubator for ciguatera, the mos...A barracuda hunts around an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico. Photo by T. Villareal.