Dr. Larry McKinney

Dr. McKinney is the Executive Director of HRI. He earned his Ph.D. in Biology from Texas A&M University in 1976. He is also the Executive Director of Texas OneGulf a RESTORE Center of Excellence.

Over the last five years Dr. McKinney has also chaired: the Ecosystem Assessment and Integration Team of the Gulf Alliance, the Flower Gardens National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Committee, and the Texas Sea Grant Science Advisory Committee. He is a member of NASA’s SSC Applied Sciences Steering Committee and board member and past president of the Texas Academy of Sciences. Dr. McKinney recently chaired the National Commission on Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Management.

Prior to leading HRI, Dr. McKinney directed environmental and marine fisheries programs at Texas Parks and Wildlife. Where he was a state trustee for natural resources and built the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) program. He lead restoration of some 10,000 acres of wetlands and one the USA’s largest NRDA restorations (Lavaca Bay). He served as Chair of the EPA Science Advisory Committee for the Gulf of Mexico Program and directed oil spill response for TPWD. Dr. McKinney developed successful adaptive regulatory processes for coastal shrimp farms, management of invasive species; and offshore aquaculture.