Field of Focus
  • Coastal Development
  • Habitat Loss
  • Invasive Species
  • Overfishing and Bycatch
  • Restoration
  • Sustainable Development
Area of Expertise
Environmental Conservation
  • Ph.D. in Biology, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, U.S.A., 1976
  • Smithsonian Summer Fellow, Washington, D.C. U.S.A., 1976
  • B.S. in Zoology, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, U.S.A., 1971

Dr. Larry McKinney is the Director of the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Prior to working at HRI, he was the Director of Aquatic Resources with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Service. In that position, Dr. McKinney was involved in various activities, working towards water quality and conservation in Texas, establishing sustainable fisheries in the Gulf and surrounding waters, guiding seagrass task forces, monitoring the health and status of Texas bays and estuaries, and performing other general resource protection activities.

Expertise: Dr. McKinney effectively interacts with the many stakeholder interests in the Gulf of Mexico. Through his education and experience, he has the unique perspective to balance a healthy Gulf and a healthy economy. Through hands-on research and committed leadership, he has developed a reputation for taking on difficult and controversial environmental issues like endangered species conservation, water resource development, and habitat loss throughout the state of Texas.

Presently, half the wetlands in the Gulf of Mexico have been converted into houses, retail centers or cut up into canals and what's left may be sinking beneath our feet as we pump water and oil. The Gulf of Mexico is one of the most productive bodies of water on the face of the planet. Utilizing the "Harte Model," Dr. McKinney and his team bring together the diverse sciences that not only help to better understand the Gulf but also translate that science into effective policies and actions.

Additional Activities: Dr. McKinney works with the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agency's Committee on Offshore Energy Development, Chairs the Gulf Alliance Ecosystem Assessment and Integration Committee and has worked with a number State and Federal agencies on key Gulf issues. In 2009, he was invited to present testimony to the President's Ocean's Policy Taskforce. In addition, he has been recognized for his conservation efforts for Kemp's Ridley sea turtles in Texas and Mexico by Ocean Trust, Wild American Shrimp and Texas Shrimp Association.

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