(J.) Marcus Drymon, Ph.D.

Marine Fisheries Extension Specialist
(J.) Marcus Drymon, Ph.D.




1815 Popps Ferry Road
Biloxi, MS 39532


Marcus is a marine fisheries ecologist, and his research interests are in applied fisheries ecology. The bulk of his research has focused on coastal sharks. He works on many commercially and recreationally important species, including red snapper, red drum, gray triggerfish, greater amberjack and more.

He has led a shark monitoring program in the northern Gulf of Mexico for over 10 years. During that time, the program captured, tagged and released over 10,000 sharks. 

His goal is to provide applicable, science-based solutions to problems facing our marine anglers, both recreational and commercial. He works to build relationships in both the commercial and recreational fishing communities and works with anglers to understand and overcome their obstacles. 

Before joining Mississippi State University and MASGC, Marcus was on the marine sciences faculty at the University of South Alabama and the Dauphin Island Sea Lab.

He has a Ph.D. in marine sciences from University of South Alabama, a master's degree in marine biology from the College of Charleston and bachelor's degrees in biology and marine science from Coastal Carolina University.