Galveston Graduate Student Association
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.
Being a marine coastal campus, we have a saying here that the Ocean is our Classroom but it is also our research and playground. Our students don’t just study the ocean but enjoy its beauty. Our Waterfront Operations Department works closely with students and faculty to provide educational, training, and recreational vessels throughout the year.