Jace Tunnell - Annual Whooping Crane Festival in Port Aransas, Texas

Jace Tunnell, Director, Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR)

Presentation: TBA

Jace Tunnell is the Director of the Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas, Texas where he has been since 2014, focusing on habitat protection, conservation, and environmental education and outreach. Prior to the Reserve, Jace worked at the Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program since 2006 as the Director of Research and Planning, restoring habitats through restoration and managing water quality initiatives throughout the Coastal Bend.

Jace has numerous scientific publications on freshwater inflows and ecosystem services, and in 2015 published a book on archaeological sites around the Coastal Bend region. Jace also serves as president of the Coastal Bend Bays Foundation, and in 2015 he was awarded the Conservation & Environmental Stewardship Award for the Coastal Bend, and in 2016 was given the Making Waves award by the BLUE Gulf Film Competition for his work in directing and producing the “All the Cups” video about preventing trash from reaching our oceans. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Vertebrate Biology and his Master of Science in Marine Biology from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

LOCATION: Port Aransas Community Center