Corpus Christi, Texas, USA
Headquartered at Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi (TAMUCC) in the Coastal Bend of Texas, MarineGEO Texas covers habitats from the Mission Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve (MANERR) through the Laguna Madre, one of the world’s largest hypersaline lagoons. Low population densities relative to other regions of the United States have preserved much of the regions biogenic habitats and ecological communities. The coastal, estuarine, and lagoonal systems of MarineGEO Texas are home to wealth of biodiversity including 548 species of fish, endangered Whooping Cranes and Kemp's Ridley sea turtles, some of the most extensive seagrass beds in US coastal waters, and extensive oyster reefs.
TAMUCC’s location on Ward Island, bordered by Corpus Christi Bay and Oso Bay, provides easy access to a host of coastal systems and the use of Oso Bay as a testing ground for methods and training students. TAMUCC’s island field station provides a convenient headquarters for overnight work in the Laguna Madre. The MANERR, hosted by University of Texas Marine Science Institute, provides vegetation monitoring and high frequency water quality data.
TAMUCC is home to several coastal and marine research programs covering a wide variety of basic and applied research topics from nearshore to coastal ecosystems. The university provides marine biology training through undergraduate, masters, and PhD degree programs. As a Hispanic Serving Institution, the university is particularly committed to underrepresented students and is excited to collaborate with TMON to provide excellent education and research training experiences to its students.