Marcus Drymon has joined the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium as a marine fisheries extension specialist. He also serves as an assistant extension professor at Mississippi State University (MSU).
Drymon's office is located at MSU's Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi, where he will work to keep the community informed about Gulf Coast fisheries issues.
He is a marine fisheries ecologist, and his research interests are in applied fisheries ecology. He works on many commercially and recreationally important species, including red snapper, red drum, gray triggerfish, greater amberjack and more. The bulk of his research has focused on coastal sharks, and he has led a shark monitoring program in the northern Gulf of Mexico for more than 10 years. During that time, the program captured, tagged and released over 10,000 sharks.
Before joining MSU and Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant, Drymon was on the marine sciences faculty at the University of South Alabama and the Dauphin Island Sea Lab.
"My goal as extension faculty is to provide applicable, science-based solutions to problems facing our marine anglers, both recreational and commercial," Drymon said. "I intend to accomplish this goal by building relationships in both the commercial and recreational fishing communities and working with these anglers to understand and overcome their obstacles."
Drymon received a Ph.D. in marine sciences from the University of South Alabama, a master's degree in marine biology from the College of Charleston and a bachelor's degree in biology and marine science from Coastal Carolina University. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.