HRI Director Dr. David Yoskowitz appointed to Aquarium Board of Trustees
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Dr. David Yoskowitz, Senior Executive Director at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (HRI) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, has been appointed to the Board of Trustees at the Texas State Aquarium.
Since its inception, HRI has partnered with the Texas State Aquarium on events and exhibits, contributing research and knowledge to the aquarium’s Saving Sharks exhibit, which features information about shark conservation and shark tagging and tracking.
HRI also contributed scientific knowledge to the aquarium’s Caribbean Journey exhibit. Dr. Wes Tunnell, HRI founding member and former Endowed Chair for Biodiversity and Conservation Science, served as an adviser on the aquarium exhibit, provided aquarium officials with his first-hand expertise of the unique ecosystem, supplying his books and papers on the Yucatan, Quintana Roo, and Sian Ka’an, which feature prominently in the exhibit.
Yoskowitz said the Texas State Aquarium has been a strong community partner for HRI and the University, doing complimentary work that advances messages about the conservation needs of our marine and coastal environments in the Gulf of Mexico and their important role in our lives on shore. The Institute looks forward to continuing that partnership as HRI celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.