Texas A&M University at Galveston will be the home of the new Gulf Center for Sea Turtle Research, with Department of Marine Biology Professor Dr. Christopher Marshall serving as the inaugural director.
The center will seek to use its strategic location and research expertise to facilitate the coordination of sea turtle experts from institutions across Texas and the Gulf of Mexico region to promote and support research that leads to restoration of sea turtle populations in the Gulf.
The primary goal of the center is to create a consortium that will enhance the efforts of individual researchers in support of programmatic grant proposals that individual researchers usually cannot access. Other goals include establishing research priorities, increasing cooperation and communication of researchers throughout the Gulf, training the sea turtle biologists of the next generation, and conducting sea turtle research in the region.
Colonel Mike Fossum, chief operating officer at TAMUG, said the new facility will be an important addition to research.
“Having the Gulf Center for Sea Turtle Research located in Galveston is not only a great opportunity for our university, but will be of great benefit to Galveston Island and the entire Gulf of Mexico region as we strive to ensure these creatures will always call these waters home,” he said.
Dr. Patrick Louchouarn, TAMUG’s chief academic officer, added, “I am grateful for the support of the Board of Regents through their recent approval of the creation of the center at TAMUG.