Momentum is building at the Harte Research Institute at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi as it enters ifs fourth year of development and operation toward its goal of sustaining and conserving the Gulf of Mexico’s natural resources.
As part of the HRI’s Distinguished Lecturer Series, Dr. Don Walsh will deliver a lecture on the latest in deep ocean exploration and technology on Tuesday, March 22 at 7 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public.
Walsh, whose unequaled dive to the bottom of the 35,800-foot deep Mariana’s Trench off the coast of Guam in 1960 earned him the country’s Legion of Merit award, is the only living person to have explored the ocean’s greatest depths. He has taken part in 22 Antarctic and 24 Arctic exhibitions, including trips to both the north and south poles and was named one of the top explorers of the 20th Century by Life Magazine.
On another front, the HRI is gearing up for its State of the Gulf of Mexico Summit in November. The conference will unite U.S. and Mexican leaders of government, industry, ocean research, and conservation in a focused discussion of collaboration aimed at achieving sustainable economies and environmental quality throughout the Gulf of Mexico region.
The upcoming summit was the major topic of conversation when the Institute’s advisory council met in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico on Wednesday and Thursday, March 17-18. According to Dr. Wes Tunnell, associate director of the HRI, one of the outcomes of the meeting was the identification of the top leaders in science, government and conservation to determine Mexico’s participation in the November summit.
“The agenda included presentations and meetings with Mexican leaders in conservation and science,” said Tunnell. “Mexico has been very active with conservation efforts in the Sea of Cortez. We hope to use some of their activities as a model for application to the Gulf of Mexico.”
Other ongoing and upcoming HRI activities include: