Texas OneGulf Center of Excellence

Principal Investigator

Texas OneGulf is a partnership of nine outstanding institutions dedicated to the long-term environmental and economic health of both the state of Texas and the Gulf of Mexico.

Texas OneGulf was established in January 2015 as a Texas Center of Excellence after the Deepwater Horizon disaster to advance research into ongoing impacts from the oil spill and other long-term issues that threaten the health and sustainability of the Gulf of Mexico. Texas was the first state to receive U.S. Treasury funds to support its RESTORE Centers of Excellence, research centers created after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to direct penalties in support of programs, projects, and activities that restore and protect the environment and economy of the Gulf Coast region. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is administering those funds.

The RESTORE Act designates five disciplines that must be addressed: coastal sustainability, restoration and protection; fisheries and wildlife research and monitoring; safe offshore energy development; sustainable and resilient economic growth; and comprehensive Gulf of Mexico observation, monitoring and mapping. TCEQ funding launched the initial activities of Texas OneGulf, including: The Texas OneGulf Network of Experts; a Strategic Research and Action Plan; the Texas Knowledge Base database; Disaster Research Capability for Texas; and a project employing drones to search for hypoxic zones off the Texas coast.

Who We Are

The Texas OneGulf consortium includes nine top state institutions led by the Harte Research Institute (HRI) for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi with wide-ranging expertise in the environment, the economy and human health:

  • Center for Translational Environmental Health Research at Texas A&M University Health Science Center
  • Marine Biology, Science and Engineering Departments, Texas A&M University at Galveston
  • Geochemical and Environmental Research Group (GERG) and Dept. of Oceanography of Texas A&M University
  • Biological and Environmental Sciences of University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
  • Sealy Center for Environmental Health and Medicine at University of Texas Medical Branch
  • The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment of Texas State University
  • Center for U.S. and Mexican Law at University of Houston Law Center
  • Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System-Regional Association

For More Information

For more information about Texas OneGulf and its activities visit TexasOneGulf.org.