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Released April 19, 2004


Released April 17, 2003SUMMER AT SOUTHERN MISS LAB

OCEAN SPRINGS - The University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Coast Research Laboratory is looking for college students and classroom teachers who are interested in marine biology and are not faint of heart.

Registration is open for the laboratory's summer field program, a 10-week, two-term college program of courses for undergraduates, graduate students and classroom teachers.

"Our students have a great time, but the coursework is intellectually and physically intense," said Dawne Hard, summer program coordinator at the GCRL. "Classes run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and students take only one class per term. That is all they can manage with the full schedule of field trips, laboratory work, classroom instruction and assignments. They always manage time for sun and fun, though, especially on weekends."

Hard said students may earn up to 12-semester hours credit. Courses range from the basics of marine biology to courses on sharks, marine mammals, barrier island ecology, plants, aquaculture, invertebrates, law and policy, and coastal ecology for teachers. In addition, the program's courses of independent study match a student with a Southern Miss researcher at the lab.

Hard said opportunities are also available for minority scholarships for Mississippi residents and summer internships in environmental science for undergraduate and graduate students.

GCRL has offered college courses on the northern Gulf of Mexico's environments and resources for more than half a century. Colleges and universities in Mississippi and 19 other states are affiliated with the program.

"Mississippi students are our largest group, but students from institutions in the Mississippi valley region are a close second," Hard said. "Wisconsin and Tennessee universities regularly give Southern Miss competition for the 'most students' designation."

Two-week courses are offered May 12-23, June 30-July 18, and July 21-Aug. 1. The first 5-week term is May 26-June 27; second term is June 30-Aug. 1.

For information, contact Hard at (228) 872-4223, or visit Registration forms are also available on the Web.


OCEAN SPRINGS -- Award-winning wildlife photographer Tom Ulrich will lead two photographic events at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory on Wednesday, March 10.

He will present a nature photography workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and then a talk and slide show called "Wildlife Images 2003" at 7 p.m., both at The University of Southern Mississippi GCRL.

Admission to the evening event is free and will be held in the Caylor Auditorium at GCRL. The veteran photographer will feature photos from his 2003 photographic safaris abroad and in North America. He will answer questions and sign his books during the reception following his slide show.

The registration fee for the all-day workshop is $50 per person, payable to GCRL. Registration includes a continental breakfast, light lunch and snacks. Participation is limited to 20. Though the workshop is geared toward beginners, Ulrich tailors the experience to meet needs for all degrees of skill.

"The beginners will definitely benefit from the workshop, but I always help the more advanced get something out of it also," Ulrich said. "I lead many photo trips and always find a wide range of levels."

Ulrich said participants do not need to bring their photographic equipment unless they need an explanation about some aspect of their equipment.

Topics include a brief review of the principles of photography, relationships between shutter and aperture settings, fundamental elements of composition, use and timing of fill-in flash, digital versus film photography, techniques of close-up photography, and a brief discussion of slide etiquette, the photography business and marketing.

Ulrich grew up in South Chicago, graduated with a degree in biology from Southern Illinois University and taught for four years before launching his career as a freelance photographer. He has supported himself with nature photography for the past 29 years.

His library of more than 300,000 transparencies includes birds and mammals from all over the world. His photographs have been featured in publications such as National Wildlife, Audubon, National Geographic, Montana Outdoors and Life.

He has published six nature books, including Mammals of the Rockies, Birds of the Northern Rockies, Once Upon a Frame and his 2002 release, Photo Pantanal. Dr. William E. Hawkins, GCRL executive director, said Ulrich brings the scientific and artistic worlds together.

"Tom earns his living photographing wildlife all over the world," Hawkins sad. "He is an outstanding observer and a biologist. His approach to photography is to capture his subjects exhibiting their natural behavior."

The GCRL is home to the university's Department of Coastal Sciences, the Center for Fisheries Research and Development, and the Gulf Coast Geospatial Center. The J.L. Scott Marine Education Center and Aquarium is also a unit of the laboratory. The GCRL is part of the Southern Miss College of Science and Technology. For more information, call the laboratory at (228) 872-4200.


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