Resources for the Public
These events and pages on the GCRL web site may be of particular interest to the public.
- Lionfish Bounty Program - Earn a $5 reward for donating your qualifying lionfish catches for scientific research. You can keep the filets!
- Just for Kids - A new webpage with resources just for kids: activity books, online coloring pages, and profiles of interesting Gulf Coast critters.
- GCRL News - Our monthly eNewsletter
- Coastal Sciences Camps, custom sessions to match your schedule
The Marine Education Center will arrange a learning experience for any group, from 4th grade to adult, who want a hands-on experience on the beach, in a boat, in the lab, or all three. Details here.
- Gulf Creatures - Fiddler Crabs of the Northern Gulf of Mexico
Curious about fiddler crabs? This website feature highlights one of the Coast's most interesting saltmarsh creatures, featuring photos and video.
- Interesting Gulf of Mexico and Coastal Fishes - Each month, a species of fish found in the coastal waters of Mississippi and the adjacent Gulf of Mexico is featured here. The pages describe the fish, their life history, and other interesting information.
- Tide Tables
Tide tables and lunar cycle information for 15 stations in Mississippi are available on the GCRL web site at www.usm.edu/gcrl/MStide. Links to tide tables for other Gulf Coast states are also provided.
- Science Cafe, November 25, 2014 -Cybersecurity, Protecting Yourself and Your Family. Details
- Science Cafe, October 30, 2014 - Invasive Species in Coastal Mississippi. Details
- Science Cafe, September 30, 2014 - Mississippi Habitat Stewards Program. Details
- September 30, 2014 - Mississippi Audubon Coastal Bird Stewardship Program. Details coming soon.
- Catch More Fish With Science, Marine scientists from GCRL and local professional fishing guides are offering a series of evening seminars that will help you catch more fish. Thursday evenings, September 25 and October 16, 2014.
- Let's Talk Tarpon! - A casual evening of stories about tarpon and tarpon fishing legends, science, and how-to advice. 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., June 3, 2014, in GCRL's Caylor Auditorium, Free to the public. Sponsored by GCRL and HOSSFLY, the Historic Ocean Springs Saltwater Flyfishing Club. Details
- Dr. Bill Hogarth, director of the Florida Institute of Oceanography, will speak on Tuesday, April 22 at 5:00 p.m. at the Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center for Arts and Education. "Status of US Fisheries: if you were the CEO of the US Fisheries industry, how long could you survive?"
- Public Service Announcement on the Mississippi Marine Debris Removal and Prevention Project from the Marine Education Center. Contact Beth Jones for details. View.
- 2014 Coastal Sciences Seminar Series - January through early May. 10:00 a.m., Caylor Auditorium. Most sessions take place on a Thursday. GCRL scientists and guest scientists speak on marine science topics. Free to the public. View a list of topics and other details here.
- Science Cafe, Tarpon on the Mississippi Coast - Resurgence of a Legend?, March 25, 2014
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- Science Cafe, Striped Bass - Restoring a Gulf Coast Fishery, February 25, 2014
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- Science Cafe, Tuesday, September 24, 2013
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in GCRL Dining Hall. Free to the public. Refreshments provided by Coffee Fusion
Tim Lockley - "They Live Among Us - Insects" A scary Halloween Science Cafe special.
- Science Cafe, Tuesday, August 27, 2013
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in GCRL Dining Hall
Refreshments provided by Coffee Fusion
Dr. Theresa Levitt
Associate Professor of History, University of Mississippi
Join us for a discussion of the revolutionary lighthouse lens that changed navigation and geopolitics. Augustin Fresnel (1788–1827) shocked the scientific elite with his unique understanding of the physics of light. The lens he invented was a brilliant feat of engineering that made lighthouses blaze many times brighter, farther, and more efficiently.
- 2013 Summer Seminar Series - May 29 through July 24, Wednesday evenings, 6:15 p.m., Caylor Auditorium. GCRL scientists speak on marine science topics. Free to the public. Topics will be added to the Events Calendar as they are identified.
- May 29 – Dr. Jay Grimes
- June 5 – Stephanie Taylor (Graduate student
- June 12 – Jim Franks
- June 19 – Dr. Jeff Lotz
- June 26 – Nancy Brown-Peterson
- July 3 – Dr. Andy Evans
- July 10 – Dr. Frank Hernandez
- July 17 – Dr. Steve Curran
- July 24 – Dr. Mark Peterson
- Educational Event - Oil, Dispersants, and Food Webs
10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 1, 2013 at The Mary C. in Ocean Springs.
Learn what the COAST team has to say about oil, dispersants, and food webs. Spill science demonstrations, Gulf seafood tasting, interactive art exhibits, children's activities, Vietnamese language exhibit.
- Science Cafe: Spill Science
Dr. Jessica Kastler
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Open to the public. Door prizes and refreshments. Details
- Science Cafe, MONDAY, April 29, 2013 - Down in the Weeds, Finding and Understanding Secretive Marsh Birds with Mark Woodrey, Grand Bay NERR. Caylor Building classroom 104
Note that this session is being held on Monday night in Caylor 104 rather than the normal Tuesday night in the dining hall.
- 2013 Marine Fisheries Workshop, Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Join us for an update on redfish, specks, sharks, tagging programs, blue crabs, and our new fisheries research center. Caylor Building Auditorium.
Open to the public. Door prizes and refreshments. Details in pdf file
- Grimes Distinguished Lecturer Series
Dr. Karen Nelson, President of the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) in Rockville, Maryland.
Monday, April 22, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. in the Caylor Auditorium. The title of Dr. Nelson’s presentation is "Omics – Insights Into Your World and Mine"
- Science Cafe, Tuesday, March 26, 2013.
- Local Frogs and Toads
- Learn about local frogs and toads with Kathy Shelton from the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science.
- Science Cafe, Tuesday, February 26, 2013.
- Getting to Know You: Meeting Our Nearshore Neighbors South of 90
Mike Murphy and Tom Mohrman,
The Nature Conservancy
- An Evening of Images,
Free Lecture by Photographer Tom Ulrich
Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. in GCRL's Caylor Auditorium, with a reception following. The slide show will feature Tom's images from the spring bird migration in Texas, Glacier National Park, and Africa. Flyer
This is a free community lecture sponsored by GCRL and the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium.
Tom will also conduct a digital photography workshop on January 31. Cost is $40 per person, Call 228-872-4254 to register.
- Science Cafe, Mississippi Sharkology,
Presented by Jill Hendon
Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
- Halloween Science Cafe Scary Science: Skeletons, Body Snatchers, and Brains,
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
- Science Cafe, Tuesday September 25, 2012
Presented by Rebecca (Becca) Mathias,
Marine Education Specialist, GCRL Marine Education Center. Come learn about marine debris, plastics in the environment, and what we can do to reduce human impacts of plastic pollution. Details
- 2012 Sea Camp
Sea Camp for 2012 will be the 25th consecutive year for the popular five-day marine science day camp for ages 6-13. Sessions will be held during June and July. Registration deadline is May 11. Details
- Shark Fest
Four Shark Fest sessions are already scheduled for 2012. All are held on Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during June and July. We can also create a special session for your group. Details
- 2012 Summer Field Program
The 2012 Summer Field Program offers students an opportunity to earn college credit during three sessions from May through July. Classroom sessions take place on the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory's 50-acre waterfront site. Field work is done on the Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi's barrier islands, Mississippi Sound, and adjacent coastal waters. Details
- Science Cafe, Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Secret Lives of Seahorses: Dr. James Wetzel is teaching Marine Biology and Environmental Photography in GCRL's Summer Field Program. He has studied seahorses many years and will be sharing his award winning photography during this session.
Gulf Sturgeon: Jurassic Giant of Mississippi Coastal Rivers, presented by Dr. Mark Peterson. Details
- Science Cafe, March 27, 2012
Join us for the third Science Cafe of the 2012 series. The topic is "Science and the Marine Environment: What are the Questions? Where are the Answers?" presented by Dr. Bill Hawkins. Bill Hawkins is Professor of Coastal Sciences Emeritus and former Director of GCRL.
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- Gentle Giants of the Mississippi and Northern Gulf
GCRL scientists will participate in the MDMR's Science Seminar on tarpon, whale sharks, sturgeon, and manatees on March 22, 2012. The program will be held from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at the DMR offices at 1141 Bayview Avenue in Biloxi. Refreshments will be provided. Details
- 2012 Mississippi Marine Fisheries Workshop
Thursday, February 23, 2012, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. in GCRL's Caylor Auditorium. Open to the public, no charge. Features speakers, open forum discussion, door prizes, refreshments. Topics include speckled trout monitoring, artificial reefs, shark research, aquaculture, and tarpon research. Details (pdf)
- Science Cafe, February 28, 2012, Tuesday
The Dark Side of the Loon, presented by Dr. Paul Spitzer, Independent Scientist, Trappe, Maryland February 28, 2012, Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., GCRL Cafeteria Come learn about our mysterious winter visitor, the common loon. Details
- An Evening of Images,
Free Lecture by Photographer Tom Ulrich
Thursday, February 9, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. in GCRL's Caylor Auditorium
Featuring the natural wonders of Texas, hummingbirds of Ecuador, and scenic shots of Glacier National Park and the Grand Tetons. A digital photography workshop is also being held on February 10. Details (pdf file)
- Science Cafe, January 31, 2012
Join us for the first Science Cafe of the 2012 series. The topic is "Putting the Pieces Together: Autism," presented by Dr. Timothy E. Morse. Dr. Morse is Director of Training/PBS Specialist at the The University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Coast Autism Project. The event takes place on Tuesday, January 31, 2012, from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in the GCRL Cafeteria. Flyer
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- Science Cafe, November 29, 2011, Tuesday
Wynken, Blynken & Nod - The Science of Sleep Disorders, presented by Janice L. Miles, D. O. Details
- Spotted Seatrout Seminar, Thursday, November 17, 2011
GCRL scientists will be featured speakers in a free seminar on spotted seatrout (speckled trout) conducted by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) and partners. The seminar takes place from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the first-floor meeting room of the Bolton Building at 1141 Bayview Ave. in Biloxi. Keynote Speaker, GCRL's Jim Franks will address “Habitat & Spawning for Spotted Seatrout.” Reg Blalock, also from GCRL, will speak on “Spotted Seatrout Culture." GCRL's Reed Hendon and DMR's Buck Buchanan will present "Spotted Seatrout Assessment and Management.” Details
- Science Cafe, October 31, 2011, Monday- Come celebrate Halloween and learn about things that go bump in the night - Bats! Presented by Zachary Roth.
- Shark Fest for Adults, October 15, 2011 - October 16, 2011
GCRL's Shark Fest for adults will take place on September 30 and October 1, 2011. You can participate in an expedition aboard the research vessel Tom McIlwain to the barrier islands to fish for sharks with hand line and rod and reel. We will identify, weigh, measure, and tag sharks. The fee is $125 per person. Details here.
- Science Cafe, September 27, 2011 - You Are What You Eat: The Science of Obesity, Disease and Good Health
Doctors Tom and Judy Lytle, USM professors emeritus of chemistry
WLOX news coverage
- Science Cafe, Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - Sea Monsters:
Myth and Mystery
Dr. Phillip Lee, Senior Research Scientist, GCRL
Downloadable flyer [pdf]
Learn about cephalopods, the legendary sea monsters of the deep — giant octopuses, glowing cuttlefish, and ink-squirting squid! Lively discussion will include their use in art, literature, food and science.
The Science Café offers those with minimal background in science, the chance to meet and discuss scientific issues in a relaxed social setting. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information visit www.sciencecafes.org, or contact Joyce Shaw at 228.872.4213 or email@example.com.
- Shark Fest Scholarships
The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR) will be sponsoring selected individuals to participate in the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory’s marine education summer camp, Shark Fest 2011. The Marine Education Center is seeking qualified individuals who sincerely wish to learn about marine sciences and the environment. DMR will provide the cost of the camp. Details and an application form are here.
- Science Cafe, Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Dr. Jessie Kastler, GCRL Research Associate, will speak on "Japan...Haiti...Central USA. Earthquakes and the Great ShakeOut" The event takes place at Savannah's Coffee Shop at the USM Gulf Coast campus from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Details
- GCRL Earth Day Celebration, April 16, 2011
GCRL will celebrate Earth Day on April 16 with an event open to the public, featuring tours, exhibits, boat rides, kayaking, trawling, nature trails, arts & crafts, and more. Details are available here.
- Science Cafe, Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Dr. Jerry McLelland, GCRL Research Associate in Invertebrate Zoology, will speak on "Why Our Barrier Islands are Important." The event takes place at Savannah's Coffee Shop at the USM Gulf Coast campus from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Details