TAMUG faculty actively participate in extramural funded
research encompassing both the basic and applied aspects of
fields such as marine environmental studies, conservation,
marine/maritime engineering, business, admiralty law, ocean
policy and coastal zone management. Research is focused
largely in the areas of coastal and beach processes, marine
life studies, bay and estuary ecosystems, the
offshore/deepwater environments, and geochemical cycling in
the marine/aquatic/atmospheric systems.
to the approximately 70 M.S. and PH.D. students supported by
the research projects of TAMUG faculty, undergraduate students
have many opportunities to participate in research, such as
the Texas Institute of Oceanography Undergraduate Student
Research Program, working as student workers and technicians
on funded research programs, taking 485 classes or
participating in the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program.
Undergraduate students may work in the laboratory and at field
sites throughout the world, participate in research cruises,
present results at local, national and international meetings,
and serve as authors on publications.
of 75 funded research projects are active at any one time.
These projects bring an average of $4.5 million/year in 2005
to the Galveston campus from agencies such as the National
Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, NOAA, EPA,
Sea Grant, the State of Texas and a variety of private
foundations and businesses. Most notable of these is the
TAMUG-based Texas Institute of Oceanography, whose mission is
to support Texas scientists conducting basic 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. Other research programs at
TAMUG can be found on the
Research Centers & Sites page.
faculty, post-doctoral fellows, research staff and students
are actively involved in research throughout the world from
Alaska to Antarctica to American Somoa to Asia. Research is
conducted with funding from federal, state, private and
university sources including the National Science Foundation,
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National
Geographic Society, U.S. Geological Survey, National Parks
Service, Minerals Management Service, Environmental Protection
Agency, Department of Energy, Texas Commission on
Environmental Quality, Texas General Land Office, Texas
Department of State Health Services, Welch Foundation, DuPont,
CONACYT, International Research Travel Assistance Grants,
European Union Center for Excellence, Texas Institute of
Oceanography and Research Development Fund.
Many of the
faculty researchers at TAMUG have graduate appointments in
TAMUG and/or TAMU departments. Approximately 65 M.S. and Ph.D.
graduate students from the TAMU departments of Wildlife and
Fisheries Sciences, Oceanography, Rangeland Ecology
Management, Ocean/Civil Engineering, Biology and Anthropology
are conducting their research under a TAMUG faculty member.
TAMUG also offers the Marine Resource Management degree which
now has a thesis option. There are approximately 30 students
participating in this program.