Our Expertise

The Harte Research Institute is set apart from other marine research institutions by its use of the HRI Model, a unique interdisciplinary way of working that integrates our science with economic, policy and sociological expertise. Each of our nine research groups are dedicated to working together to develop science-driven solutions™ that aim to conserve coastal and marine resources, while also developing resilient communities and economies in the United States, Mexico, and Cuba.

Coastal Conservation & Restoration

We study healthy habitats including examining the response of organisms to changing environmental conditions

Coastal Ecosystem Processes

This group conducts applied research aimed at solving complex and pressing regional environmental problems

Community Resilience

Our group focuses on partnerships and transdisciplinary approaches to mitigating disaster risk and strengthening resilience

Conservation & Biodiversity

We provide quantitative tools and new science-based information to guide managers and policymakers on conservation decisions involving wetland birds, freshwater flows, and coastal ecosystems

Ecosystem Science & Modeling

We investigate environmental changes in coastal and estuarine ecosystems due to climate change and anthropogenic activities

Fisheries & Ocean Health

Our mission is to advance knowledge of marine sportfish and promote conservation through science-based fisheries management

Geospatial Sciences

We seek a better understanding of the dynamic links between geomorphology, sediments, hydrology, climate, and biology that create the various environments of coastal zones


Our lab performs research on environmental flows using a systems view of the coasts and oceans from the bottom-up

Institutional Initiatives

Members across HRI take part in additional initiatives that offer holistic solutions to Gulf of Mexico problems


Our mission is to investigate, model, and monitor the complex socio-economic and ecological systems around the Gulf of Mexico and beyond

Marine Policy & Law

This program studies how marine policies and laws impact humans as well as understanding how human behavior affects coastal and ocean ecosystems