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Field trips

We are excited to have three field trips available on Thursday, October 27 for GERS attendees. Field trip registration is through the meeting registration page (link). 

Bird watching

Time: October 27 - Afternoon

Description: The bird watching field trip will be led by Dr. Mark Woodry, Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture at Mississippi State University, and Avian Ecologist, with over 20 year of experience researching coastal bird ecology and conservation.

Cost: $5 (reserves your spot and grants 1 extra drink ticket at the poster session)

Tour of the Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center (TCMAC)

Time: October 27 - Afternoon

Description: TCMAC is a 100,000 sqft aquaculture center located on GCRL's Cedar Point Campus with over 50,000 sqft of culture space for animals and 10,000 sqft of experimental space. This guided tour will involve the currently cultured species spotted sea trout, tripletail, and oysters.

Cost: $5 (reserves your spot and grants 1 extra drink ticket at the poster session)

Trip to the Mississippi Aquarium

Time: October 27 - Afternoon

Description: The newly constructed Mississippi Aquarium, which opened it doors in August 2020, is a 5.8 acre complex in Gulfport, MS with more than 2000 species of animals and 50 species of native plants. 

Cost: $30, which covers Aquarium admission.

Field Trip Registration Here

More information for each of the field trips, including start and end times will be available soon. GERS will provide round-trip transportation from the GCRL Halstead Campus to all field trip locations. 

The $5 cost for the bird watching tour and tour of the Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture center is to ensure attendance of those who register for these tours. For this $5 fee, each tour registrant will receive one drink ticket that can be used at either the poster session or banquet and can be picked up at the beginning of the tour.

GERS is an affiliate society of the Coastal Estuarine Research Federation (CERF). CERF members receive great benefits, including access to an international job board and tools for early career scientists to become leaders in their fields. Regular GERS dues may also be paid at the same time as CERF dues. Join or renew your CERF membership today!

Other CERF Affiliates:

  • Southeast Estuarine Research Society (SERS)
  • Atlantic Estuarine Research Society (AERS)
  • Pacific Estuarine Research Society (PERS)
  • California Estuarine Research Society (CERS)
  • New England Estuarine Research Society (NEERS)
  • Atlantic Canada Coastal Estuarine Science (ACCESS)

Contact Us

Please email us with any questions at

Gulf Estuarine Research Society 

703 E. Beach Dr., 

Ocean Springs, MS 39564 USA

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