College of Science & Engineering Alumni Shrimp Boil Honors Legacy of Founder of Marine Science Program

November 10, 2014

Laguna Madre-350x273.jpg

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The College of Science and Engineering Alumni Shrimp Boil brought together more than 70 alumni, faculty members and guests at the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Laguna Madre Field Station on Saturday, Nov. 8.

The event provided an opportunity for guests to reunite with fellow classmates and faculty members to honor the legacy of Dr. Henry Hildebrand, who founded the University’s marine science program in 1957.

Alumni gathered at Marker 37 for the boat ride to the Laguna Madre Station for a tour of the station and a shrimp boil.

Hildebrand, an environmentalist and conservationist, believed field work was essential for students’ education. He conducted groundbreaking research on many marine topics, and is known for discovering the Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle nesting grounds in 1960.

The field station, located on a small island adjacent to the Padre Island National Seashore, provides green solar-powered facilities for field training, education and research in coastal environmental and ecological studies on the unique Laguna Madre ecosystem.