Texas OneGulf Center of Excellence
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.
Following the Deepwater Horizon disaster and passage of the RESTORE Act, Texas OneGulf was established in 2015 as a Texas Center of Excellence under the administration of TCEQ. The mission of Texas OneGulf is to improve understanding the Gulf of Mexico large marine ecosystem and its effects on human health and well-being for the betterment of both.
In its initial years of operation, Texas OneGulf supported 7 research projects totaling nearly $3 million in RESTORE funding. The diversity and interdisciplinary nature of the projects helped OneGulf become a reliable source of information for Texas decision makers and resource managers working to protect the Gulf and its coastal communities.
Looking to the future, Texas OneGulf is working to make even stronger ties to Texas leaders and stakeholders. We have established the Texas OneGulf Agency Council to work with our Leadership Consortium group in identifying high priority decision-making needs and research projects that can shed light on complex issues. We also are re-engaging our Network of Experts, comprised of over 150 top researchers across the state, to work with stakeholders in developing innovative, co-developed, resilient solutions that work for Texas.
Visit texasonegulf.org to learn more about current opportunities and work.
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
The Texas OneGulf Agency Council is comprised of Members from: Texas Commission on Environmental Quality; Texas Division on Emergency Management; Texas General Land Office; Texas Parks and Wildlife Division; and Texas Water Development Board.
The Council is an independent body of Texas state agency leadership formed to prioritize research areas from the Strategic Research and Action Plan and assist in project conceptualization. The Council also coordinates with the Texas OneGulf Consortium Leadership, which acts as a Board of Directors for Texas OneGulf, to select final projects for funding.