Larry McKinney, Ph.D.

Senior Executive Director
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HRI 318D
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Ph.D. in Biology, Texas A&M University, 1976
Smithsonian Summer Fellow, 1976
B.S. in Zoology, Texas A&M University, 1971


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 "HRI 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.

Selected Publications

Dr. McKinney brings both a scientific knowledge of the marine environment and a relationship with many of the people who are shaping marine policy. He shares his perspective through a number of articles, publications, and journals.
McKinney, L.D. 2007. The State of the Gulf. Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine, July. Pages 20 to 27.

McKinney, L.D., I.Blandon and R Ward. 2006. Conservation Genetics of Atlantic Tarpon. Second International Bonefish and Tarpon Symposium. Daina Beach, Florida.

McKinney, L.D. 2006. The State of Wetlands. Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine, July. Pages 22 to 31.

McKinney, LD., R. Richers, et al. 2005. Flounder on the Rebound. TIDE. Nov/Dec.

McKinney, L.D. 2005. The State of Springs. Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine, July. Pages 24 to 29.

Moulton, D.W. L.D. Mckinney and D.L. Buzan. 2004. Texas Coastal Ecosystems: Past, Present and Future. TAMU-SG-04-201. Texas Sea Grant, College Station, Texas. 40 pages.

McKinney, L.D. 2004. The State of Rivers. Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine, July. Pages 21 to 25.

McKinney, L.D. 2003. The State of Bays. Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine, July. Pages 21 to 28.

McKinney, L.D. 2002. Water for the Future. Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine, July. Pages 21 to 28.

Harvey, Bill and L.D. McKinney. 2001. Recreational Fisheries and Aquaculture: Throwing a Line in the Pond in Responsible Marine Aquaculture. Pages 61-70. CABI Publishing. New York, NY.