Research Labs and Campus Facilities

Texas A&M University at Galveston is home to over 35 centers, specialized laboratories and research groups dedicated to conducting and promoting marine, maritime and interdisciplinary research.

 The Center for Texas Beaches and Shores (CTBS)

This multidisciplinary research center is dedicated to the conservation and protection of the Texas shoreline, bays and waterways through research in cooperation with government and private sector agencies.

 Laboratory for Oceanographic and Environmental Research (LOER)

The primary mission of LOER is to provide state of the art common access analytical facilities and support for coordinated interdisciplinary research efforts at Texas A&M University at Galveston in ecological, environmental, and biogeochemical studies.

 Seafood Safety Laboratory (SSL)

The Seafood Safety Lab is a biosafety level 2 microbiological lab working with bacteria found in shellfish, seawater, and non-potable water.

 Phytoplankton Dynamics Laboratory

Phytoplankton form the basis of all research conducted by the phytoplankton dynamics laboratory, whether in the laboratory or the field. Projects are diverse; from examining trace elemental-phytoplankton interactions at the cellular level to mapping phytoplankton responses to changes in freshwater inflows in important Texas estuaries and the Gulf of Mexico on large spatial and temporal scales, to their transport around the globe in ballast water.

 Coastal and Wetlands Ecology Laboratory

In the Coastal and Wetlands Ecology Laboratory, scientists examine the community-level interactions and processes that structure coastal ecosystems such as salt marshes, tidal mudflats, seagrass beds, and tidal freshwater wetlands. They are particularly interested in changes in trophic interactions following habitat restoration, nutrient enrichment, or other anthropogenic alterations.

 Institute for Sustainable Coastal Communities

A joint initiative between the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University (TAMU) and Texas A&M University at Galveston (TAMUG), the Institute acts as a living laboratory, attracting research activities of multiple centers on Texas A&M campuses in College Station and Galveston.

Increasing population growth and development in coastal areas worldwide is affecting both ecological systems and human communities. Understanding how to develop sustainable and resilient coastal communities over the long term has become a critical issue. The ISCC is committed to addressing coastal development problems and helping provide sustainable state-wide and eventually worldwide solutions. The Institute generates solutions to protect property, human lives, and critical natural resources.