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Kathryn Smith and Christopher G. Smith will present at the Grand Bay NERR Research Symposium

Kathryn Smith and Christopher G. Smith of the USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center will present their research during the “Ecological processes” session of the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Research Symposium on September 10.

View of Grand Bay, Mississippi marsh in April 2017 from the water
View of Grand Bay, Mississippi marsh shoreline in April 2017. (Credit: Kathryn E. L. Smith, USGS. Public domain.)

Dr. Kathryn Smith will present a virtual talk titled, “Sediment loss and gain at eroding marsh shorelines," summarizing research recently published in Geomorphology about sediment accumulation and marsh shoreline erosion across multiple time scales. Kathryn will also discuss ongoing activities to monitor shoreline erosion and sediment flux both before and after the construction of a subtidal reef in Point Aux Chenes Bay, Mississippi. Dr. Christopher G. Smith will also be providing a virtual overview of the Estuarine and MaRsh Geology (EMRG) Project as well as ongoing work on platform-scale sediment budgets. Both presentations will take place during the “Ecological processes” session of the symposium, which will focus on structure, function, and migration of marsh ecosystems as ecological and geophysical processes interact.

The objectives of the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) Research Symposium are to share and learn about current research at Grand Bay, network and build new collaborations, and identify future needs and direction of NERR research. The Grand Bay NERR was established in 1999 and is managed by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources as part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s NERR System. The Grand Bay NERR is comprised of approximately 18,000 acres of salt marshes, bays, bayous, and unique terrestrial habitats that support many important species of fish and wildlife. The NERR was established to protect these important estuarine environments to that provide essential ecosystem services to communities and the environment like protection from storm waves, absorbing atmospheric carbon, and providing habitat.

For more information about the event visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/grand-bay-nerr-research-symposium-2021-tickets-168346321379.

 

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