Check out this story about a Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant project that is studying invasive Asian tiger shrimp.
When a new species appears in the Gulf of Mexico, it can cause concern and raise a lot of questions. Which habitat does it prefer? What will it eat? What will eat it?
One of these species of concern is the invasive tiger shrimp (Penaeus monodon), a very large shrimp that is native to Indo-Pacific, Asian and Australian waters. Jennifer Hill, an assistant professor at Louisiana Tech University, has been working to determine which type of habitat tiger shrimp prefer in the Gulf and how they might affect native shrimp populations. She is studying whether tiger shrimp will compete with native populations for food, if native shrimp are likely to become their prey and if existing Gulf predators will eat tiger shrimp. Read more
The deadline for submitting abstracts has been extended to 5 P.M. Central Time on Friday, Sept. 16. View the call for abstracts.
The 2016 Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Bays and Bayous Symposium’s program committee welcomes and encourages the participation of scientists, natural resource professionals, students, business people, educators, outreach specialists, policy and decision makers, consultants and individuals from governmental or non-governmental organizations to submit a presentation abstract.
Presenters are encouraged to discuss current research results that are relevant to Gulf of Mexico environmental issues and how this research is used to support the economy, the environment and society by informing the decision-making process or increasing marine science literacy.
Session topics include:
- Climate and hazard resilience
- Oil spill impacts
- Habitat management and restoration
- Living resources
- Water quality and quantity
Abstracts can be submitted for both oral and poster presentations. The oral presentations will be 15 minutes with a 5-minute question-and-answer session following each presentation. Individuals wishing to present must submit an abstract no later than 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. Abstracts will be limited to 250 words.
The Sea Grant Oil Spill Outreach Team will host a seminar on community resiliency following environmental disasters on September 27, 2016 in Long Beach, MS. To register to join the seminar in person or online, click here.
(OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss.) — The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium (MASGC) welcomes Bill Walton of Auburn University to its outreach team. He is serving as an oyster aquaculture extension specialist who will use aquaculture as a tool for restoration, stock assessment and farming to help increase oyster production in Mississippi.
Walton, who has a doctorate degree in fisheries science, is also an associate professor at Auburn University, an extension specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and a faculty member at Dauphin Island Sea Lab.
A partnership between the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR), The University of Southern Mississippi, Auburn University, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and MASGC made the position possible. Read More
The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium (MASGC) is searching for a fiscal officer to help support its university-based coastal science program.
Candidates must be able to formulate and manage budgets; process, produce and organize financial information; balance and reconcile accounts; and develop proposals. They should have extensive experience in accounting, finance and grants.gov.
The position is a full-time position with benefits through The University of Southern Mississippi and will be located at USM’s Gulf Coast Research Lab in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.
Minimum requirements include a bachelor’s degree and three years in business and fiscal management. A master’s degree is preferred.
Candidates must apply online (http://usm.edu/employment-hr, posting number 0004046) through USM.
The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium is a program that supports marine research, extension, outreach and education programs. MASGC is one of 33 Sea Grant College Programs located around the United States.
Great news, friends — the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) has agreed to continue funding our Oil Spill Science Outreach Team for three more years! Read all about it in a staff blog by Larissa Graham, part of the outreach team.