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New Sculpture Unveiled at the Marine Science Institute

New Sculpture Unveiled at the Marine Science Institute

Ten-foot tall 'Interdependency' highlights the complex dependencies and interactions among various animals and plants in marine ecosystems.

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.

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.”
Animal Rehabilitation Keep (ARK) Receives Gulf Guardian Award From EPA

Animal Rehabilitation Keep (ARK) Receives Gulf Guardian Award From EPA

ARK has made a significant impact to the environment by helping to preserve the survival of important native and endangered Gulf of Mexico species by their rescue efforts.
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.

From Basic Science to the Fishing Line

Studying the basic science of redfish led to recovery of dwindling populations and better opportunities for Texas anglers.

At Depth, the Hidden Cost of Oil?

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