CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A team of researchers from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi recently visited Scotland to take part in a Global Marine Sustainability Workshop and forge new international opportunities for research collaborations. The three-day workshop was co-organized by the NSF-funded Research Coordination Network CE3SAR, the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (HRI) at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, and the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) at the University of Highlands and Islands (UHI).
During the workshop, Dr. Luis Cifuentes, Vice President for Research, Commercialization and Outreach at the Island University and principal investigator of the NSF project and Professor Ian Bryden, Vice-Principal of Research at UHI, signed a statement of their institutions’ commitment to future collaboration.
“As a University that strives to be an emerging research institution, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi must have a strong international presence among global partnerships,” said Cifuentes. “This partnership with UHI and SAMS will help connect our faculty, research scientists and students to international educational and research opportunities.”
SAMS, like the Harte Research Institute, focuses on marine systems science and is committed to creating a sustainable marine environment through research and community engagement. It is Scotland’s largest and oldest independent marine science organization. Their mission is to deliver world-class marine science that supports society with innovative solutions to developing a sustainable relationship with the marine environment.
With such striking similarities between both institutions, this collaboration could increase international research and study abroad opportunities for A&M-Corpus Christi students. Organizations including the National Science Foundation, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the National Academy of Sciences, six Texas universities and more than 100 international researchers participated in the Global Marine Sustainability Workshop. Topics ranged from education to emerging technologies in aquaculture and the integration of unmanned aircraft systems into marine science research.