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GCRL Science Café

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Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022
6-7 p.m.

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

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Presenter

renee collini

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.


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.

Sponsored by Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium


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

Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
Caylor Building - Caylor Auditorium

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Presenter

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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Presenter

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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vanderkooySteve VanderKooy

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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Webinar ID: 831 5472 0302
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michael andresPresenter

Michael
Andres

 

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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