USM Scientist Symposium on Coastal issues
Over the past two days a handful of marine science professionals have descended on the Gulf Coast.
Dr. Alan Shiller, a professor at USM’s School of Ocean Science and Engineering, hosted a two-day symposium in Ocean Springs at the Marine Education Center focusing on issues affecting the coasts.
Professionals spoke about issues like sea level rising, ground water discharges, and harmful algal blooms.
Today local high school and undergraduate students who are interested in marine science careers had a chance to hear from lecturers and participated in ‘breakout sessions’ to discuss the topics with their peers. Marine Education Center Director Chris Snyder said, “We wanted to have some of that information shared with some high school students so that they can get a grip and understand that science is important in their life and that they need to understand these processes so they know how to adjust their life to work around them.”