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Monday, February 26, 2024
6-7 p.m.

Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
Caylor Building, Room 104
703 East Beach Drive
Ocean Springs, Miss. 

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Presenter

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Calvin Martin

USM SOSE Marine Science (Hydrography) Instructor

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Paul Frye

USM SOSE Marine Science (Hydrography) Graduate Assistant

Navigating the Depths:

Insights from a Hydrographic Survey of the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory Harbor and Approaches

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Join us for an illuminating presentation by Calvin Martin, USM Professor, and Paul Frye, USM Graduate Assistant, as they unveil the findings of a comprehensive Hydrographic Survey conducted at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory Harbor and Approaches. The project was conducted by University of Southern Mississippi Hydrographic Science students as part of their senior capstone project; this endeavor aimed to fulfill the rigorous standards set by the International Hydrographic Organization for Category B Certification.

It will be a deep dive into the intricacies of hydrography, exploring the methodologies employed and challenges encountered during this survey. From state-of-the-art equipment utilization to meticulous data analysis, discover how these aspiring hydrographers navigated the complexities of coastal mapping to enhance navigational safety in the Gulf Coast region.

This presentation offers valuable insights into the importance of hydrographic surveys and their significant implications for coastal management and marine research. 

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Monday, January 29, 2024
6-7 p.m.

Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
Caylor Building, Room 104
703 East Beach Drive
Ocean Springs, Miss. 

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Anthony Ballard

Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks

Black Bear Program Leader

Black Bears in Mississippi

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Historically, black bears have been an abundant and valuable native game species in the state of Mississippi. This presentation will outline the decline of black bear numbers around the turn of the 20th century, detail their natural rebound, and describe the growing abundance we are currently experiencing. We will also cover the research being conducted on black bears such as GPS collaring, reproductive success, and genetic data collection. Finally, we will explore the future of the black bear program, program goals, and how we can all take steps to avoid conflict with bears through public engagement. 

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New Insights Into the Lives of Sheepshead, Black Drum, Southern Flounder and Cownose Ray

This Science Café is presented as the USM Center for Fisheries Research and Development's Annual Fisheries Forum for the public, which provides for the exchange of information and discussion opportunities. The evening’s program is centered around presentations given by scientists engaged in new research on four species of fish that occur in Mississippi coastal waters. These studies are advancing knowledge of the biology and ecology of these important fishes in support of resource management and conservation. 

Tuesday, October 17, 2023
6-7:30 p.m.

Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
Caylor Building Auditorium
703 East Beach Drive
Ocean Springs, Miss. 

Presenters

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Dr. Michael Andres

Assistant Professor

USM Division of Coastal Sciences

Gulf Coast Research Laboratory

Behind the bars: Movements and habitat use of Sheepshead and Black Drum in Mississippi Sound

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Anna Millender

Research Associate

USM Center for Fisheries Research and Development

Gulf Coast Research Laboratory

Cownose Fever: Unveiling the mysteries within the Gulf of Mexico 

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Trevor Moncrief

Director, Finfish Bureau

Mississippi Department of Marine Resources

Acoustic Telemetry of Southern Flounder in Mississippi Waters

 

This Forum is being presented as part of the USM CFRD Cooperative Sport Fish Tag and Release Program funded by a grant from the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, Sport Fish Restoration Program.


Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2023
6-7 p.m.

Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
Caylor Building - Room 104
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Presenter, Larry Tucei

Urban and Community Forestry Advisor

Mr. Tucei began documenting live oaks on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 2006 and expanded his work to most of the southeastern United States. He has the most extensive and comprehensive catalog of live oak trees in the world. Trees are his passion and now retired, he has the time to spend doing what he loves.  Mr. Tucei is certified by the Native Tree Society and is a part of the Mississippi Champion tree and National Champion Trees Programs.

Mr. Tucei tells his story of becoming an urban and community forestry advisor, his passion for our heritage trees, and his work documenting these majestic life forms.

Documenting Our Heritage  — Live Oaks and Longleaf Pines

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Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2023
6-7  p.m.

Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
Caylor Building - Room 104
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Samantha Capers

Project Manager
GCRL Marine Education Center

How to Talk About Climate Change:  Strategic Framing for Climate Communication

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This GCRL Science Café looks at why we need to talk about climate change and tell a different story. By using strategies from NNOCCI,  we can use strategic framing and employ elements of an impactful climate story. Our climate story can help us connect with others and build consensus.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2023
6-7  p.m.

Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
Caylor Building - Room 104
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Linda Auld

NOLA BugLady

https://nolabuglady.com/

Monarchs, Migration, Milkweed, and Oe

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This GCRL Science Cafe is titled “Monarchs, Migration, Milkweed, and Oe” and will share three recent research papers with big discoveries regarding milkweed, migration, and nectar plants.

Join us for coffee, cookies, and other treats. Masks are available.

masgcSpecial “Thanks” to the sponsor of the Science Café, MS-AL Sea Grant, and to USM’s Marine Education Center for tech support.


Thursday, June 2023
6-7 p.m.

Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
Caylor Building - Room 104
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Dr. Johnny Shelley

Veterinary Medical Officer
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Pascagoula, MS

There and Back Again... From GCRL's Summer Field Program to Aquatic Veterinary Medicine

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This presentation will focus on how the USM's GCRL Summer Field Program (SPF) opened up opportunities and prepared Dr. Shelley to become a successful aquatic veterinarian.

Join us for coffee, cookies, and other treats. Masks are available.

masgcSpecial “Thanks” to the sponsor of the Science Café, MS-AL Sea Grant, and to USM’s Marine Education Center for tech support.


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Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
Caylor Building - Room 104

Student Research Spotlight

Join us for three short talks on graduate research featuring graduate students from the Division of Coastal Sciences.

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James Klein

James is a second-year M.S. student with a B.S. in Marine Science from the Coastal Carolina University Honor’s Program. His research revolves around oyster population dynamics, with particular concentration on the importance of food supply to oyster larval development.  

Ectotherms

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Hailee Nigro

Hailee is a first-year Ph.D. student with a bachelor’s in marine biology from the University of West Florida. Her current research looks at behavioral and physiological ecology of marine invertebrates, focusing on temperature-dependent growth, maturation, and reproduction in the blue crab.

Surfclams

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Holly Spencer

Holly is a Coastal Sciences M.S. student studying climate-induced temperature effects on the distribution and abundance of two bivalve species, the Atlantic surfclam (Spisula Solidissima) and Ocean quahog (Arctica islandica).


Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
Caylor Building - Room 104
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Presenter

Jeremy Higgs

Jeremy Higgs

Assistant Director, Center for Fisheries Research and Development
Gulf Coast Research Laboratory

Billfish Research in the Gulf of Mexico and Beyond

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Scientists at USM’s Center for Fisheries Research and Development have been conducting research on billfish for over 25 years. The studies have focused mainly on billfish within the Gulf of Mexico with partners from the recreational fishing community, conservation groups, and the fishing industry. These partnerships have provided the means to research life history projects (age, growth, and reproduction), diet studies, satellite tagging projects, larval fish surveys, and habitat surveys. Jeremy will provide an overview of the current research on billfish by the CFRD team.

Join us for coffee, cookies, and other treats. Masks are available.

MASGCSpecial “Thanks” to the sponsor of the Science Café, MS-AL Sea Grant, and to USM’s Marine Education Center for tech support.


Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
Caylor Building - Room 104

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Dr. Mark S. Woodrey

Dr. Mark Woodrey

Assistant Research Professor/Avian & Coastal Ecologist
Mississippi State University – Coastal Research & Extension Center

On Winter Savanna Bird Ecology & Conservation

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This talk will highlight winter bird research conducted over the past 15+ years in pine savanna habitats across the north coast of the Gulf of Mexico.  Dr. Woodrey will give an overview of the ecology of pine savanna habitats, emphasizing the importance of prescribed fire. He will highlight his Lab’s pioneering discovery of the primary wintering grounds for Henslow’s Sparrows and other grassland birds of conservation concern. He will also discuss more recent research focusing on the winter ecology of Yellow Rails, a “Holy Grail” bird much sought after by birders around the United States. He will conclude with thoughts on current and future conservation efforts to provide critical habitat for these species for future generations of birds and bird-watchers.


Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
Caylor Building - Room 104

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Dr. Kelly Darnell

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Interim Director,
USM's Gulf Coast Research Laboratory

Professor, USM’s Division of Coastal Sciences

Celebrating 75 Years
of Research, Service, and Education at GCRL

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This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) as the State of Mississippi’s designated marine laboratory. Throughout its history, GCRL has been a leader in research, service, and education for Mississippi and beyond. This Science Café will tell the story of GCRL and the wide-ranging impacts of GCRL scientists and teachers over the past 75 years. We will look at the present and into the future for how GCRL is poised to continue contributing innovative research, serving the community, and offering high quality education to benefit society and the next generations. 


Tuesday, November 29

Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
Caylor Building - Room 104

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Presenter

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Dr. Renee Collini

PLACE Program Coordinator, and Coastal Climate Resilience Specialist with Mississippi State University and Mississippi Alabama Sea Grant Consortium and Florida Sea Grant 

Changing flood risk in coastal Mississippi - why, what's next, and what can we do?

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Flooding is changing in coastal Mississippi, becoming more intense and frequent. Coastal residents are no strangers to hazards including flooding. Join this Science Café to learn about the changes that have already been seen in rainfall patterns and rising seas, the impacts they have already had and are likely to have moving forward, and most importantly what residents and local governments can do to stay ahead of these changes. The session will be interactive with lots of opportunities to ask questions and get hands on locally specific flood risk information.

Coffee and cookies will be served.

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Tuesday, October 25

Marine Education Center Conference Center, 101 Sweet Bay Drive
Ocean Springs, MS

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Presenter

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Dr. Jessica Kastler

Director, Marine Education Center
The University of Southern Mississippi

Community Resilience - More than the Climate

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Join us for a refresher on climate change basics and factors that make a community vulnerable. Learn how middle and high school students would address some of these challenges to make their communities more resilient. Ranging from practical to highly unexpected, their ideas illustrate the possibilities that can come from a fresh outlook and thinking outside the box. Jessie will also take this opportunity to discuss the resilience of the MEC in adapting to pandemic conditions (don’t be surprised if someone mentions Zoom) and building for the future. 


Thursday, August 30, 2022
5:30 -7 p.m.

Marine Education Center Conference Center, 101 Sweet Bay Drive
Ocean Springs, MS

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Discussion Leader

Dr. William (Bill) Hawkins (Retired)

Panelists

Dr. Michael Andres, Assistant Research Professor
Division of Coastal Sciences

Dr. Reg Blaylock, Interim Director Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center

Dr. Jeff Lotz, Director Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center and Professor (Retired)

John T. Ogle, GCRL Senior Technician (Retired)

Jean Jovonovich Alvillar, GCRL Senior Technician (Retired)

Robin Overstreet:
Honoring His Life and Career

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On Tuesday August 30, we will celebrate the life and career of Dr. Robin M. Overstreet, one of the top scientists ever to hail from Mississippi. Robin spent his entire scientific career spanning more than fifty years at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory and was widely acknowledged as the premier marine parasitologist in the nation, if not the world. He was broadly knowledgeable and accomplished in a variety of fields of marine science including environmental toxicology, ecology, aquaculture, and fisheries management. The presentation is a panel discussion with interaction with the audience.

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Thursday, June 30, 2022
6-7 p.m.

Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
Caylor Building - Caylor Auditorium

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Dr. Johnny Shelley

Veterinary Medical Officer
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Pascagoula, MS

 

There and Back Again...
From GCRL's Summer Field Program into Aquatic Veterinary Medicine

Johnny Shelley

This presentation will focus on how the USM's GCRL Summer Field Program (SPF) opened up opportunities and prepared Dr. Shelley to become a successful aquatic veterinarian. 

Special “Thanks” to the sponsor of the Science Café, MS-AL Sea Grant and to USM’s Marine Education Center for tech support. 


Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
Caylor Building - Caylor Auditorium

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Tara Skelton

GenSea Director of Communications & Curriculum, University of Southern Mississippi Center for STEM Education

Sliding Sideways into Science — My Journey to GenSea and the Blue Economy

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“What can I do with my marine science degree?” Many young people steer away from their passion for the ocean in college because they think it’s not practical. They could not be more wrong. Technical jobs in the Mississippi Gulf Coast’s blue economy sector are surging and will only increase over the next decade. Tara Skelton’s vantage point from working in science communications for multiple organizations since 2008 showed her a myriad of ways one can put that marine science degree to work. In Skelton’s new role with the GenSea, she lets members of Gen Z know they can follow their hearts and make a good living—all without ever leaving Mississippi.


Tuesday, April 26, 2022
Tagging and Tracking Mississippi Sport Fish

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Photo Credit: Captain Kyle Johnson, Coastal Waters Outfitters

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This month’s Science Café is comprised of four 12 minute presentations centered on fish tagging research being conducted on local species of great importance in the Mississippi recreational fishery: Spotted Seatrout, Red Drum, Southern Flounder and Tripletail. It is presented by scientific staff of the USM Center for Fisheries Research and Development, the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources Finfish Bureau, and the Gulf Stated Marine Fisheries Commission. Join us to hear about these ongoing studies that include the use of conventional and electronic tagging techniques to help advance understanding of fish movements and habitats in support of resource management and conservation. 

Organized by the USM Center for Fisheries Research and Development as part of the Cooperative Sport Fish Tag and Release Program funded by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Sport Fish Restoration Program.

Presenters

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Dyan Gibson

Fisheries Biologist, USM Center for Fisheries Research and Development

Tagging Red Drum and Spotted Seatrout in Mississippi Coastal Waters, 2019 – 2021: Overview

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Fisheries Biologist, Interjurisdictional Fisheries Program Coordinator, Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission

Acoustic Tracking of Tripletail in the Gulf of Mexico

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Jennifer Green

Fisheries Biologist, Mississippi Department of Marine Resources – Finfish Bureau

Movements of Southern Flounder in Mississippi Sound

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Eric Gigli

Fisheries Biologist, Mississippi Department of Marine Resources – Finfish Bureau

Satellite Tagging and Real-time Tracking of Tripletail

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Special “Thanks” to the sponsor of the Science Café, MS-AL Sea Grant and to USM’s Marine Education Center for tech support.

 


Tuesday, March 29, 2022

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Presenter

Mark W. LaSalle, Ph.D.
 

Naturalist and Wetland Ecologist

Shifting Baseline Syndrome – Implications for Habitat

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Habitat restoration efforts are based on achieving baseline conditions that we determine are natural or the norm. But baseline is often established on conditions that may no longer be normal or current where restoration is planned, reflecting how local and regional environments may have changed over time. This is the essence of the concept of “shifting baseline syndrome”, our deference to conditions that may be normal in our lifetime but may have been quite different in the past or have been altered in the present. Understanding and considering how target conditions may have shifted are crucial to successful habitat restoration projects.


Pop-up Café

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

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Presenter

Dr. Shelly-Ann Cox 

Fisheries Management Specialist and CEO of Blue Shell Productions

Sargassum - Brown Tide or Golden Jewel?

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Massive influxes of floating sargassum seaweed have been impacting shorelines on both sides of the tropical Atlantic for the last decade. 2018 saw record breaking quantities of pelagic sargassum reaching the Caribbean, with 20 million metric tons reaching the region in June alone. The seaweed itself is not harmful; floating sargassum at sea is beneficial as a unique habitat. It is the large floating mats clogging fishing gear and impeding navigation at sea, and the mass stranding on coastlines and ensuing decomposition that is highly detrimental to people, ecosystems, and economies. Join us at the Science Café to hear more about what sargassum is, where it’s coming from, how we predict its arrival, and how it can be turned into an opportunity.


Tuesday, February 22, 2022
6 p.m.

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Nadine PhillipsPresenter

Nadine Phillips 

Nature and Forest Therapy Guide

The Magic of Nature & Forest Therapy

Join us to learn more about connecting to the natural world through Nature and Forest Therapy practices. Deeply rooted in the Japanese concept of Shinrin-yoku, or “forest -air bathing,” Forest Therapy is an evidence-based public health practice considered to be a natural remedy to reduce stress and a pathway to a happier, healthier, and more rewarding life. Guided Forest Therapy experiences combine a specific blend of complementary sensory, physical, and mental exercises in suitable forest surroundings.  This beneficial practice is backed by significant medical and scientific research, and the abundance of health benefits are wide-reaching.  Nature and Forest Therapy Guide Nadine Phillips will share more about the background, research, and beneficial results of this relaxing practice and how to invite more nature connection into your everyday life. 

Tuesday, January 25, 2022
6 p.m.

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michael andresPresenter

Michael
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Assistant Research Professor
Division of Coastal Sciences

The University of Southern Mississippi

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Gulf Sturgeon: Hidden Giants of Our Coastal Rivers.

Sturgeon are one of the oldest extant lineages of fish and also one of the most interesting. Gulf Sturgeon are a protected species in habiting coastal drainages in the northern Gulf of Mexico. In Mississippi’s waters Gulf Sturgeon have spawning populations in the Pearl and Pascagoula rivers, which also happen to be some of the most understudied river systems for this species and happen to be the two systems where the species has been slowest to show signs of recovery. This species makes seasonal migrations between coastal rivers (where they can even be seen jumping!) to estuarine and marine waters of the Gulf of Mexico. 


Virtual Café

Tuesday, October 26, 2021
6 p.m.

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mandy sardainPresenter

Mandy Sartain

Extension Program Associate and Graduate Student with Mississippi State University, office located at the MSU Coastal Research and Extension Center

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Bats, bugs, and burns...
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Bats are elusive, often misunderstood, flying mammals that come in a diversity of sizes, colors, diet palate, and habitat preferences. These amazing creatures play crucial roles within ecosystems such as natural pest control, pollination, and seed dispersal. Unfortunately, bats face many threats including habitat destruction and negative perceptions from people. Many of the bat species flying throughout the Mississippi coast roost in forested areas that are often managed by prescribed fire in efforts to improve overall forest habitat quality and increase biodiversity.

 

 

 

 

 

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Gulf Coast Research Laboratory

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GCRL - Halstead
703 East Beach Drive
Ocean Springs, MS 39564

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300 Laurel Oak Drive
Ocean Springs, MS 39564

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Ocean Springs, MS 39564

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