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
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 57-foot trawler (R/V Katy) and 10 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 (GSC) in the spring 2020 semester.
GSC list updated fall 2020 based on spring 2020 appointments.
Brett J Baker|
Edward J Buskey
Robert Wayne Dickey
Kenneth H Dunton
Deana L Erdner
Andrew Jerome Esbaugh
Lee A Fuiman|
James W McClelland
Tracy A Villareal
Lauren A Yeager
A prospective student’s undergraduate training should include 24 semester hours in one of the life or physical sciences. At least 12 of these hours must be in upper-division work. Adequate preparation in mathematics is expected of all students.