Bays and Bayous

Summary of Bays and Bayous

Bays and Bayous logo(The next Bays and Bayous Symposium will be held in 2018 in Alabama.)

You can see the book of abstracts with descriptions of all presentations here.

We are pleased to host the 2016 Mississippi-Alabama Bays and Bayous Symposium at the Mississippi Coast Convention Center in Biloxi, Miss., on Wednesday, Nov. 30, and Thursday, Dec. 1. The theme for the symposium is "From Thoughts to Actions – Restoration on the Gulf Coast."

The coastal symposium focuses on (but is not limited to) coastal science research, education and outreach in the northern Gulf of Mexico. It is a great place for scientists from universities, NGOs and government to share their research findings. Coastal municipalities can also showcase their resilience and conservation efforts. Educators and extension professionals can share research and successful outreach efforts.

The two-day symposium includes sessions of 20-minute oral presentations (with time for questions and answers), poster presentations, vendors and keynote speakers.

The registration fee includes two continental breakfasts, two lunches, a reception with hors d'oeuvres and coffee and snacks at breaks during the event. 

Session topics will include:

  • Climate and hazard resilience
  • Oil spill impacts
  • Habitat management and restoration
  • Living resources
  • Water resources: Supply and quality 

Historically, each symposium has drawn scientists, students, businesses, educators, non-governmental organizations and concerned citizens. It is held every two years, alternating locations between Mobile, Alabama, and Biloxi, Miss.

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Bays and Bayous Organizing Committee Members:

  • Becky Allee, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office for Coastal Management
  • Steve Ashby, Mississippi State University
  • Kay Bruening, Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant
  • Ayesha Gray, Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
  • Ken Heck, Dauphin Island Sea Lab
  • Robert Leaf, USM's Gulf Coast Research Lab
  • Kelly Lucas, Mississippi Department of Marine Resources
  • Amy Newbold, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Gulf of Mexico Program
  • Melissa Schneider, Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant
  • Steve Sempier, Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant
  • LaDon Swann, Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant
  • Roberta Swann, Mobile Bay National Estuary Program