The University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute is the oldest and most significant marine research facility on the Texas coast. We are changing our understanding of the world’s oceans and coasts and educating a global population dependent on the ocean ecosystem. What began humbly in 1941 as a small, rough-lumber shack on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico in Port Aransas is now home to cutting-edge research, education, and outreach programs.
UTMSI research is broad and encompasses a variety of scientific disciplines, with emphases on Fish Physiology and Ecology, Ecosystem Dynamics, and Biogeochemistry. The scope of this research ranges from molecular studies to ecosystem-level biological investigations and biogeochemical studies of coastal regions and the world’s oceans. The disciplines of geology and physical oceanography are incorporated into our research and training programs on Texas coastal zones.
Hundreds of teachers participate in our workshops, and we host field trips for thousands of students and their teachers yearly. The Institute provides educational Road Scholar programs for hundreds of participants each year.
Tens of thousands of visitors regularly enjoy our Visitors Center and Wetlands Education Center.
Thousands visit each year through UTMSI’s Marine Education Services program, which provides instructional trips aboard the R/V KATY for hundreds of public school classes and other groups, teacher training, short courses and other public services.
When you come to the Port Aransas area, please plan a visit to the Institute.