Marine Science

Master of Science in Marine Science
Doctor of Philosophy

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Location: 750 Channel View Drive, Port Aransas, phone (361) 749-6801, fax (361) 749-6777; campus mail code: T2500

Mailing address: University of Texas Marine Science Institute, Graduate Program, 750 Channel View Drive, Port Aransas TX 78373-5015

E-mail: gradinfo@utlists.utexas.edu

URL: http://www.utmsi.utexas.edu/

Facilities for Graduate Work

Facilities for graduate work in marine science are located at the shoreside laboratory of the Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas. The institute is located on the Aransas Pass ship channel among the dunes at the tip of Mustang Island, with easy access to bays, beaches, and the Gulf of Mexico. Environmental systems nearby include the hypersaline Laguna Madre, seagrass meadows, fresh and salt water marshes, and the continental shelf. The Port Aransas facility offers a specialized library, classrooms, laboratories, and a flowing seawater system. The institute’s fleet includes a fifty-seven foot trawler (R/V Katy) and ten smaller boats. In addition, there is a pool of four-wheel-drive vehicles for work in and around the local habitats. The shoreside research and teaching facilities also include a cafeteria, dormitories, and graduate student apartments.

Graduate students take their early coursework in Austin, including supporting work in other departments. Many courses taught in Port Aransas are available to students on the Austin campus via videoteleconference facilities. Normally, one or two long semesters are spent in Austin. Most students then reside in Port Aransas while they undertake thesis and dissertation research at the Marine Science Institute. These students also take additional instruction at the Institute, including organized courses and seminars.

Areas of Study

Graduate study is organized around a curriculum with three core areas: fish physiology and ecology, ecosystems dynamics, and biogeochemistry. Each of these broad core areas includes specialized topics. Further information is available from the graduate adviser.

Graduate Studies Committee

The following faculty members served on the Graduate Studies Committee in the spring semester 2017.

Brett J Baker
Bryan Andrew Black
Edward J Buskey
Robert Wayne Dickey
Kenneth H Dunton
Deana L Erdner
Brad Erisman
Andrew Jerome Esbaugh
Lee A Fuiman
Amber Hardison
Zhanfei Liu
James W McClelland
Peter Thomas
Tracy A Villareal
Lauren A Yeager

Admission Requirements

A prospective student’s undergraduate training should include twenty-four semester hours in one of the life or physical sciences. At least twelve of these hours must be in upper-division work. Adequate preparation in mathematics is expected of all students.