AUGUST 2006

Southern Miss breaks ground at Cedar Pointe
OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. – Officials broke ground on an expansion of the University of
Southern Mississippi's Gulf Coast Research Lab. The marine aquaculture visitor center is
the first of seven new buildings on the university’s 224-acre Cedar Pointe site next to Gulf
Island National Seashore in Ocean Springs. The 10,600-square-foot building is designed
to allow visitors to be able see the researchers work with fish. Spotted seatrout will be the
first species studied at the center. The seatrout will spawn and grow to sizes that
commercial fish operations can use to seed their farm populations, or to sizes that can be
used for restocking wild saltwater populations. Five buildings already at Cedar Pointe are
dedicated to shrimp research. The land was given to the university by Jackson County in
1995. Jay Grimes, USM provost and director of the Gulf Coast Research Lab, said the
new buildings at Cedar Pointe will constitute a substantial expansion. (
Source: The Sun
Herald, 08/18/06)

Barrier islands topic of gathering
OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. – Scientists will meet in Biloxi this week to set priorities for
research about preserving barrier islands and their role in protecting the mainland. Greg
Carter, chief scientist of the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Geospatial
Center in Ocean Springs will guide a visit to Horn Island so participants can see how
Hurricane Katrina affected the island’s dunes and plant life. The meeting is hosted by the
Barrier Island Consortium, a project supported by the National Science Foundation.
Carter said the Southern Miss geospatial center is particularly interested in how images
taken from satellites and aircraft can be used to study changes that occur on barrier
islands over months, years and decades. “They allow us to measure changes that occur
on the islands much more effectively than ground measurements alone,” said Carter.
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Source: Gulf Coast Research Lab, 04/12/06)