Funded by the NOAA Educational Partnership Program with Minority-Serving Institutions Cooperative Agreement Award #NA16SEC4810009


Four CCME faculty at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, received leveraged funding from the Matagorda Bay Mitigation Trust (MBMT). The MBMT was established by a final Consent Decree on 2019. One requirement of the Consent Decree requires Formosa Plastics to embark on mitigation projects. The new project will help enhance work by several CCME graduate students. The MBMT manages mitigation projects including research. For 2021, the MBMT announced the following awards

  1. Colorado River Delta Ecosystem Assessment: Gathering key baseline data to guide future habitat restoration in Matagorda Bay - Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi ($495,991), Greg Stunz
  2. A research and monitoring program to mitigate the impact of harmful algal blooms on the Matagorda Bay and San Antonio Bay ecosystems – Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi ($478,882), Michael Wetz
  3. Mercury and Plastic in Commercial and Recreational Fisheries in Lavaca, Matagorda, and San Antonio Bays: Risk Assessment and Interaction between the Two Contaminants – Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi ($499,917), Jeremy Conkle
  4. Long-term Trends in Lavaca-Colorado and Guadalupe Estuaries – Texas A&M University Corpus Christi ($159,055), Paul Montagna

Dr. Timothy Turner

In celebration of Black History Month, the Mississippi Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning held its annual Diversity Awards ceremony virtually on February 18th, 2021. Leaders from each of Mississippi's public universities and the community at-large were honored and recognized for their efforts in advancing diversity and supporting underrepresented populations. Dr. Timothy Turner, Professor and Chair of the Department of Biology was named the IHL 2021 Diversity Honoree for Jackson State University (JSU). Dr. Turner was nominated for this prestigious award by Dr. Alicia Mosley, JSU Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. Over his career, Dr. Turner has contributed to bringing diversity to the field of science through his work with, and mentorship, encouragement and development of numerous undergraduates, graduates and faculty from underrepresented populations in their careers.

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Dr. Paul Montagna

Dr. Paul Montagna was named among the top 2 percent of scientists in the world for scientific impact as measured by publication citations, according to a study conducted by Stanford University researchers. The database includes more than 156,000 scientists worldwide whose work has been most cited by peers throughout their careers. Citation in the scientific world can be an indicator of the relevance of the researcher’s published work, and many published works are only cited once or twice, if ever, making Montagna a scientific influencer among his peers. Dr. Montagna is CCME Faculty member from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, where he is the Harte Research Institute Chair for HydroEcology, Environmental Science Professor, TAMU System Regents Professor, and Co-Editor in Chief for the journal Estuaries and Coasts.

California Sea Grant welcomes 23 recipients into the prestigious 2021 State Fellowship. This opportunity provides fellows with unparalleled and hands-on training at the interface of science, communication, policy, and management at either a municipal, state, or federal host agency in California for one year.

The 2021 State Fellows represent 14 agencies and organizations throughout California. The fellowships will continue to be transformed by COVID-19 regulations in different ways based on where they are placed, and many fellows will engage remotely. All will continue to have the opportunity to gain valuable experience in their fields.

“I am excited to see the opportunities awaiting the 2021 State Fellows,” says California Sea Grant Director Shauna Oh. “They bring multifaceted backgrounds and experiences, and the fellowship program will provide them with training and knowledge to jumpstart their careers in coastal and marine policy. Thanks to our growing network of California agencies, this program prepares some of the best young minds to become future leaders in coastal and marine policy.”

This group of fellows brings diverse experience in the realms of environmental policy and management, marine and watershed science, biology and ecology, fishery and aquaculture regulation marine biodiversity and conservation, sustainable seafood, resource management, environmental systems, stormwater runoff management, sea-level rise adaptation, and coastal climate change adaptation.

Source: California Sea Grant

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Congratulations to all of our recent Fall 2020 graduates!


NOAA CCME Fall 2020 Graduates

Mallory Brooks, Bethune-Cookman University, Environmental Science

Brian Coogan, Florida A&M University, Civil Engineering 

Mario Molina, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Biological Sciences