Island University Receives Funding for Two Proposals from the Texas Sea Grant

Published: October 16, 2013

Island University Receives Funding for Two Proposals from the Texas Sea Grant

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Two professors from the College of Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi each secured funding from the Texas Sea Grant 2014-2016 Grant Competition for their recently-submitted proposals.

Dr. Michael Wetz, Assistant Professor of Marine Biology for the Department of Life Sciences, received $273,000 for his proposal titled “Identification of Organic Matter Sources Contributing to Hypoxia Formation in Two Eutrophic South Texas Estuaries: Relationships to Watershed Land use Practices.”

 Dr. Dorina Murgulet, Assistant Professor of Geology for the Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences, received $217,194 for her proposal titled “Evaluating Groundwater/Surface-Water Inflow and Nutrient Transport to Texas Coastal Embayments.”

The Texas Sea Grant received 91 research proposals from public and private universities and colleges across Texas. Two review panels ranked the top 15 and the Texas Sea Grant funded the six strongest proposals. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Texas A&M University-College Station were the only universities to each receive funding for two proposals.

The Texas Sea Grant promotes scientific excellence and achievement by providing small grants in support of student research. All full proposals were evaluated on the basis of rationale, scientific or professional merit, innovativeness, qualifications and past record of investigators, alignment with Texas Sea Grant focus areas, public relevance, and programmatic justification.