Long Beach– The
University of Southern Mississippi will host the 54th annual meeting
of the Southeastern Section of the Geological Society of America
March 17-18 at the Grand Casino in Biloxi.
Approximately 450 geoscientists from across the Unites
States are expected to attend.
Also hosting the meeting is the National Coastal Data
Development Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Collaborating in the meeting are federal agencies from NASA's Stennis
Space Center, home of the largest naval oceanographic research center
in the world.
Dr. Gail Russell, professor and chair of the Department
of Geology at Southern Miss, said the conference will include professors,
undergraduate and graduate students and professionals.
"Because of our location, there will be a very
strong emphasis on coastal processes," Russell said. "There
will be scientists there from Texas through the Gulf Coast and throughout
Russell said a field trip to examine fossils on the
coast will be held Saturday, March 18.
The program includes local, regional, and national
topics of interest, including
processes affecting shoreline erosion, wetland loss,
and coastal evolution in the southeastern United States;
sea-level changes and coastal evolution; and
tropical cyclone impacts on coastal zones.
A keynote address on tsunami and data buoy warning
systems by Paul Moersdorf, director of the NOAA National Data Buoy
Center at Stennis Space Center, will take place Thursday evening,
March 17. Held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in Ballroom B of the Bayview
Hotel, the address is free and open to the public.
Of particular regional interest will be a talk by
Leah Bray of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources on "Beneficial
Use of Dredged Materials for Erosion Prevention and Habitat Restoration
in Coastal Mississippi." The talk will take place Thursday
afternoon, March 17 , at approximately 2:20 p.m. in Bayview Hotel,
For more information about the GSA meeting, please
contact Dr. Gail Russell at (601) 266-4077.