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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

MSU's NGI and UM's Center for Marine Resources and Technology partner up to support MBRACE Projects



Students from the University of Mississippi's Center for Marine Resources and Technology partnered with Mississippi State University and the Northern Gulf Institute to undertake sampling and studies of the health of oyster populations in the waters of the Mississippi Sound.



This project is part of the MBRACE program. The Mississippi Based RESTORE Act Center of Excellence (MBRACE) is Mississippi's Center of Excellence under the RESTORE Act's Center of Excellence Research Grants Program. MBRACE is a consortium of Mississippi's four research universities (Jackson State University [JSU], Mississippi State University [MSU], The University of Mississippi [UM], and The University of Southern Mississippi [USM]), with USM serving as the lead institution.



The mission of MBRACE is to seek sound, comprehensive science-and technology-based understanding of the chronic and acute stressors, both anthropogenic and natural, on the dynamic and productive waters and ecosystems of the northern Gulf of Mexico, and to facilitate sustainable use of the Gulf's essential resources.


 


Saturday, April 20, 2019

NGI and NOAA's NCEI Participate in the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center - Earth Day Celebration

NGI and NOAA-NCEI personnel participated in an educational trawl activity at the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center in Gulfport, Mississippi. The goal of the display and exercise was to explain how and why marine scientist sample, quantify and report results of studies on marine life along the Gulf of Mexico. In this lesson, students learned how the selection of sampling gear depends on the questions being asked. Students were able to simulate a "trawl" and graph and explain their results.

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Some of the lessons learned/taught were:
  • What are some ways we sample the ocean?
  • How do scientists know what gear to use?
  • Why do we study animals in the ocean?
  • Hands-on fun trawling, sorting, and graphing results.
Based upon participation the event had an estimated impact on approximately 100 participants.



This was an excellent opportunity for MSU, NGI and NOAA scientists to interact with the public and to help engage students in current topics of research and to help them learn to explain or predict outcomes of projects they, themselves may undertake in the future.


Saturday, April 06, 2019

MSU, NGI and NOAA Participate in Outreach Event at "Celebrate the Gulf" in Pass Christian, MS

NGI and NOAA-NCEI personnel participated in an educational trawl activity at the Celebrate the Gulf, Marine Education Festival in Pass Christian, Mississippi. The goal of the display and exercise was to explain how and why marine scientist sample, quantify and report results of studies on marine life along the Gulf of Mexico. In this lesson, students learned how the selection of sampling gear depends on the questions being asked. Students were able to simulate a "trawl" and graph and explain their results. 



Some of the lessons learned/taught were:
  • What are some ways we sample the ocean?
  • How do scientists know what gear to use?
  • Why do we study animals in the ocean?
  • Hands-on fun trawling, sorting, and graphing results.

Based upon participation the event had an estimated impact on approximately 392 participants.




This was an excellent opportunity for MSU, NGI and NOAA scientists to interact with the public and to help engage students in current topics of research and to help them learn to explain or predict outcomes of projects they, themselves may undertake in the future.