News: Marine Science

Read the latest news from the College of Natural Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin


Newly Opened Patton Center for Marine Science Education Offers Opportunities to Explore

A newly renovated and reimagined space for exploring the science of marine life and ecosystems is now open to the public, free of charge, on...

Two young children play at an exhibit that shows underwater sea life on a screen


Visualizing Science 2022: Illuminating the Intrinsic Beauty in Academic Research

The winners of our most recent Visualizing Science contest include an image related to “smart” material research, simulations of a meeting between a neutron star...

A scientific illustration in micron pen and watercolor of a Molly miller blenny (Scartella cristata) surrounded by Dictyota sp. and Caulerpa racemosa algae.


These Tiny Coral Reef Fish Parents Decide When Their Embryos Hatch

Leaving the comfort and safety of home to explore the world is a difficult decision. However, in a tiny coral reef fish called a neon...

A pair of fish larvae newly hatched from eggs


Adding Predictability to the Carbon Market

Salt marshes are a hot but unpredictable commodity in the carbon market.

A salt marsh seen from an aerial view on a clear day with a boat in the foreground


The University of Texas at Austin Selects Director for Marine Science Institute

Ed Buskey, formerly the interim director of the UT Austin Marine Science Institute, has been selected to serve as director.

Director Buskey outside near jetty and pier in coastal setting

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Virus Discovery Offers Clues About Origins of Complex Life

The first discovery of viruses infecting a group of microbes that may include the ancestors of all complex life has been found.

Illustration of the inside of a biological cell


Nielsen Named One of Five National Academies Early-Career Research Fellows

Nielsen will use her expertise to investigate how climate change is altering the potential for dietary contaminant exposure in remote Alaskan communities.

Kristin Nielsen in a lab pipettes while wearing lab gloves


NSF Awards Graduate Research Fellowships to 22 UT Natural Sciences Students

Eleven graduate and one undergraduate student of UT Austin's College of Natural Sciences were awarded honorable mentions by the National Science Foundation.

Headshots of more than a dozen graduate students


A More Nuanced Approach is Needed to Manage Coral Reef Ecosystems

Instead of focusing entirely on biomass and one-size-fits-all solutions, researchers recommend finding which fish provide the most useful functions in each reef system and protecting...

A school of colorful fish swim over a coral reef


Unlikely Partners: Bees and Turtles

Honey bees and sea turtles may seem like strange bedfellows, but through two of the Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve's (NERR) stewardship programs – Fennessey...

A sea turtle rests on a towel as it is handled by a person in protective gloves