Texas OneGulf Center of Excellence

Principal Investigator

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 oil spill disaster and passage of the RESTORE Act, Texas OneGulf was established in 2015 as a Texas Center of Excellence under the administration of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (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.

Texas OneGulf is now embarking on a new research program while making 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 160 top researchers across the state, to work with stakeholders in developing innovative, coproduced, resilient solutions that work for Texas.

In advance of its FY23 funding competition for $2 million, Texas OneGulf completed a three-part workshop series that focused on providing guidance and relationship building for potential applicants. The results of those workshops may be found here:

Workshop 1: Texas OneGulf Workshop Series: Interdisciplinary Research 101

Workshop 2: Texas OneGulf Workshop Series: Interdisciplinary PIs & End-User Matchmaking
Breakout Group 1 – Community Resilience
Breakout Group 2 – Estuarine & Coastal Environments

Workshop 3: Texas OneGulf Workshop Series: Data and Methods Exchange
Texas OneGulf Agency Council: Partner Overviews

Visit texasonegulf.org to learn more about current opportunities and work.

Who We Are

Texas OneGulf consortium

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 Center for Environmental Health Research
  • 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

Texas OneGulf Agency Council

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.