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Island University Fosters Next Generation of Leaders with New Coast Guard Partnership

Feb 23, 2018
Supporting student success and graduating the leaders of tomorrow are just two of the primary goals of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and now, thanks to the new partnership with the United States Coast Guard, supporting students while they pursue their degree in addition to serving their country will become easier.

Island University Ph.D. Student Studies Plastic Eating Microbes

Feb 19, 2018
According to a study published in Science, over 5 billion tons of plastic pollute the ocean. While many studies concern the effects of plastic pollution, there’s still much to learn about how microorganisms interact with plastic. Lee Pinnell, a doctoral student studying microbial ecology at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, recently collected his final samples of plastic eating microorganisms, which he placed in the Laguna Madre as part of his dissertation.

From One Species to Two: Island University Researchers Look at Genetics of Threatened Hammerhead Sharks

Feb 13, 2018
With the discovery of the Carolina hammerhead in 2013, a shark that is virtually indistinguishable from the scalloped hammerhead, scientists have realized that data used for the conservation and management of the two species may be inaccurate. Dr. David Portnoy, assistant professor of marine biology at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and marine biology Ph.D. student, Amanda Barker, have set out to help right this situation by gathering more data on scalloped and Carolina hammerheads.

Island University Researchers Examine How Harvey’s Record Rainfall Impacted the Gulf’s Tiniest Organisms

Feb 08, 2018
Simon Geist, Ph.D., assistant professor for marine biology in the College of Science and Engineering (COSE) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, recently received a $50,354 Rapid Response Research (RAPID) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to understand how plankton communities, an important member of the food chain, are responding two, four, and eight months after Harvey dropped more than 60 inches of rain onto the Gulf Coast.

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