World Renowned GCRL Researcher Retires
The year 1969 was one of the most influential in modern American history. It marked the end of a socially and politically tumultuous decade whose influence still resonates today. In 1969, man walked on the moon, the Boeing 747 took flight, and Woodstock Festival gave us "3 Days of Peace & Music." 1969 also marks a milestone in the history of the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory - Robin M. (Bob) Overstreet began his career in aquatic parasitology at GCRL.
Dr. Overstreet’s career accomplishments were well described in 2012 when his life’s work was chronicled in the Lab’s "Pioneers in Marine and Fisheries Research at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory" web series.By any measure Robin Overstreet is an elite scientist. According to his curriculum vitae, he has published more than 300 peer-reviewed research papers, garnered almost $20 million in extramural support for his own research, and collaborated on a total of about $50 million in research funding. He has mentored students ranging from high school to post-graduate, including 16 who earned their graduate degrees working in Overstreet’s laboratory. Many consider him to be the premier aquatic parasitologist, both marine and freshwater, in the world.
Now he is opening another chapter in his professional career. On February 1, 2014, Bob Overstreet officially began his retirement. After a 90-day hiatus for his laboratory home, he will return to GCRL to continue in a part-time capacity working with fellow parasitologists and students. All of us at GCRL wish Robin well in this new phase of his career.
GCRL graduate student was awarded a travel award to attend the National Shellfisheries Association 106th Annual Meeting in Jacksonville, Florida this year from March 29 through April 2. Kelsey studies Marine Biology here at GCRL. She applied for the award and it will cover her travel expense to attend the conference. On Monday during the conference Kelsey Kuykendall will present a paper on "The Cost Benefit Ratio of Shell vs Limestone for Cultch Material". Kelsey said the paper was an outcome of the work done by a seven-member team studying the economics of rebuilding oyster seed ground. As part of the award Kelsey was asked to volunteer and help with conference activities. Congratulations to Kelsey.
Kelsey was featured in a 2013 GCRL in the News article describing a NOAA survey cruise she made out of New Bedford, Massachusetts.
Shane Overstreet, deckhand aboard GCRL's Tom McIlwain was fishing on the Tchoutacabouffa River near the Cedar Lake Bridge in Biloxi when he caught the tagged bass. Shane reported that it was easy to tell that the bass was tagged. He followed the protocol for reporting the fish, providing researchers with valuable information.
He measured the striped bass at 18". Shane ate the filets, but saved the remains and delivered them to GCRL staff for DNA mapping.
Lyndsay Carrigee, undergraduate intern for Dr. Joe Griffitt has been named one of the 2013 Fall Eagle SPUR award recipients. The Eagle Scholars Program for Undergraduate Research, (Eagle SPUR) is provides funding support for independent research and scholarly and creative activity conducted by an undergraduate student in collaboration with a faculty sponsor. Lyndsay will receive $1000 to support a research project investigating the effect of nanoparticulate metals on bacterial populations in larval zebrafish. Dr. Joe Griffitt is Lyndsay’s mentor for the project.