Texas A&M University’s Texas Sea Grant College Program awarded seven new research grants totaling $1.8 million for two-year research projects. The grants will fund research at universities across the state to support coastal and marine ecosystems, communities and economies.
Through partnerships with the State of Texas and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Texas Sea Grant runs a competitive research grant program every two years that leverages the expertise of the state’s top scientists. Funded projects are selected through a competitive and rigorous peer review process that considers the project’s potential to produce substantial and beneficial impacts for society and its ability to integrate research and popularization.
Projects must also align with Texas Sea Grant’s strategic plan and four priority areas: resilient communities and economies, sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, healthy coastal ecosystems, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education and community development. workforce.
The awards for the period 2022-23 are:
- “AI-Based Digital Twinning for Road Flooding (AIR-FLOOD)”, Kunhee Choi, Texas A&M University
- “Development and Deployment of Low-Cost Microbial Amendments to Improve Dune Restorations Along the Gulf Coast of Texas”, Kerri Crawford, University of Houston
- “Relationship Between Mercury and Selenium Concentrations in Texas Offshore and Bay Fish: Risk Assessment and Health Education”, Jessica Dutton, Texas State University
- “Identifying Cost-Effective Stormwater Treatment Green Infrastructure to Mitigate Flooding in Vulnerable Houston Communities and Improve Fisheries in Galveston Bay,” Jessica Eisma, University of Texas at Arlington
- “Using population genomics to inform stock enhancement and ecosystem-based management of spotted sea trout, Nebulous Cynoscion», David Portnoy, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
- “Facilitating Sustainable and Profitable Oyster Culture: Promoting Equity of Opportunity for Lower Laguna Madre in Texas”, Joanne Rampersad, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
- “Brilliant Light on Harvest and Effort for the Texas Recreational Flounder Fishery”, Greg Stunz, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
“Supporting the best science and technology research to address real-world challenges has been a cornerstone of the Texas Sea Grant program for more than 50 years,” said Pamela T. Plotkin, director of Texas Sea Grant. “These new awards will build on the program’s strong legacy of implementing research to action – with the integration of extension – to engage, educate and translate research findings into communities, who will benefit from these discoveries.