Texas A&M University Galveston Campus (TAMUG) is the ocean-oriented branch campus of Texas A&M University offering numerous opportunities in Research and Graduate Studies. There are over 50 TAMUG faculty actively participating in extramural research encompassing the areas of marine biology, marine sciences, marine environmental and conservation studies, marine/maritime engineering, computational chemistry/biochemistry, as well as being involved in maritime business, law, policy and management. Research is focused largely in the areas of bay and estuary ecosystems, coastal and beach processes, geochemical cycling in the marine/aquatic/atmospheric systems, marine life studies, offshore/deepwater environments and urban planning and sustainability.
An average of 50-100 funded research projects are active at any one time. Federal research expenditures for FY11 were over $3 million and total research expenditures were almost $6 million. Funding is provided from such agencies as National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Department of Interior, Army Corps of Engineers, Sea Grants from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, the State of Texas and a variety of private foundations and industries. Research Centers at TAMUG include the Center for Texas Beaches and Shores, which is dedicated to the conservation and protection of the Texas shorelines, bays and waterways and the TAMUG-based Texas Institute of Oceanography, whose mission is to support Texas scientists conducting research in the marine sciences, and to provide the research and technological base for the development of marine-related businesses in Texas and around the Gulf of Mexico.
Located on the shores of Galveston Bay with close access to the Gulf of Mexico, TAMUG has facilities at three separate campus locations. Most instructional programs are taught at the 130-acre Mitchell Campus on Pelican Island. The 10-acre Offatts Bayou campus houses the Center for Marine Training and Safety. Field research is conducted throughout the world including Alaska, New Zealand, Brazil, Uruguay, Israel, Sweden, Italy, Japan and South Korea.
The Texas Institute of Oceanography (TIO) was established under the auspices of The Texas A&M University System in 1989 by the Texas State Legislature. TIO is located at Texas A&M University Galveston Campus and is designated as an internationally recognized research institute. Its mission includes providing focus for research of the Gulf Coast, and providing the research and technology base for the development of marine-related businesses in the State of Texas and the Gulf of Mexico.