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The peppermint shrimp is one of seven marine ornamental species that Joan Holt has successfully bred in captivity. It’s popular in saltwater tanks because it consumes parasites and dead or diseased tissue from other animals. Photo: Paul J. Thompson. Some rights reserved. Creative Commons.
This is a still picture from a video clip taken with digital holographic techniques. The copepods are about 1 mm in size. The dots with circles around them are tiny droplets of dispersed oil. This is one slice through a hologram. The rings around the oil drops provide information about the 3 dimensional location of the oil drops. Using powerful computers we can make a 3 dimensional reconstruction of these images, and see the details of how these tiny animals interact with even smaller droplets of dispersed oil. Photo: Ed Buskey.
A new and exciting academic year has begun and it is starting off in a big way. Dr. Ed Buskey received a $6.77 million from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative to study the BP oil spill and Drs. Ken Dunton and Steve Lanoux have been awarded $5.6 million from Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Regulation and Enforcement to conduct studies in the Chukchi Sea area. To learn more about these two research projects visit our website www.utmsi.utexas.edu. This fall semester, we have thirteen Masters and sixteen Ph. D. students, as well as eight post doctoral researchers. Our halls and labs are abuzz with activity.
Our Estuarine Research Center, a new $21 million facility funded by The University of Texas, private funds and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration opened late in the summer. It is headquarters to Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve and a wonderful addition to our campus.
This also begins a year of change, as Dr. Lee Fuiman moves on to head up our Fisheries and Mariculture Lab.
Dr. W. Arthur “Skip” Porter steps into the role of Acting Director to provide leadership and orchestrate the search for a new permanent Director. He has a unique understanding of MSI as a past member of our Marine Science Advisory Council and we are fortunate to have him. Skip has the experience, talent and track record to take us to a new level. He will also wear the hat of Associate Dean of the College of Natural Sciences at UT Austin. Dr. Joan Holt has agreed to return to part-time duty as Associate Chair for our academic needs. These transitional changes provide the leadership and continuity for our continued success.
We are off to a great start and will keep you up to date with our happenings. A new Public Lecture agenda will be coming out soon for our series eleventh year, beginning January 2012.
Director of Development