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GERS 2023-2025 Candidates


Stephanie Archer

Stephanie Archer is an Assistant Professor at Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium where she leads the Archer Benthic Ecology Lab. Her lab’s research uses passive acoustic monitoring and other approaches to study the ecology and conservation of sponge grounds, seagrass beds and oyster reefs in the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, and Northeastern Pacific. For the past two years she has served on the GERS board as a member-at-large. Stephanie is honored to be nominated for the position of President-Elect and looks forward to the opportunity to continue on the GERS board.


Becky Allee

Rebecca J. Allee, Ph.D. is currently a Fisheries Biologist and Senior Scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management (OCM), Gulf of Mexico region, and Science Adviser for NOAA’s RESTORE Science Program. Dr. Allee has over twenty years of experience in ecosystem assessment and habitat characterization, with the majority of this time invested in overseeing program operations, evaluations, and policies to advance the mission, goals and objectives of various NOAA programs. She has been working specifically on environmental issues and the human dimension elements related to the Gulf of Mexico Large Marine Ecosystem for the past ten years.

Brad Furman

As a Research Administrator with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI), I help to oversee research on Freshwater Plants, Coastal Wetlands, Seagrasses and Terrestrial habitat types.  I also lead the Seagrass Ecology Lab at FWRI, which aims to supply basic and applied research to support the protection, conservation and management of Florida’s fish and wildlife resources.   Thus, I have vested interest in helping to inform and foster estuarine science in and around the Gulf of Mexico.

I also believe that a close connection to our academic partners and academic societies is essential for keeping the FWC informed and ready to handle the many challenges that our state's rich natural heritage faces – today and tomorrow.  To do this, the Agency relies on the smart, talented scientists and resource managers that comprise GERS membership.  My participation could bring FWRI closer to management-relevant science and help to inform GERS membership about the value and possibility inherent in government research, a career path that often lacks advocacy in purely academic settings.

It would be an honor to serve in the upcoming term.  I would be happy to volunteer my time and energy in service of the GERS mission.  I thank you for your consideration and I look forward to next steps toward this exciting opportunity.  

Ryann Rossi

Ryann Rossi is the Estuary Scientist of the St. Andrew and St. Joseph Bays Estuary Program and collaborates with federal, state, local, and non-governmental organizations to understand the state of science in the Bays, synthesize data from throughout watershed to aid in local decision making, and disseminate results to agencies and stakeholders through a variety of forms. Her previous experiences include identifying and quantifying ecosystem services associated with management actions in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, quantifying changes in salt marsh function due to oiling events through monitoring large scale manipulative field experiments in Gulf of Mexico salt marshes and identifying and quantifying the role of multiple stressors in a mangrove die-off in The Bahamas.

Evan Turner

Evan Turner works at the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB), a state agency that champions water planning, science, and financial support for Texas. Evan is the Team Lead for Scientific Data in the Coastal Science Department at TWDB and is the principal architect for the online data portal and database system Evan received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi under Paul Montagna in 2014 with the dissertation “Modeling nutrient dynamics in coastal lagoons.” Previously, Evan worked for the University of Texas at the Texas Advanced Computing Center as a high-performance computing researcher. Proudly, Evan was a former middle school teacher in Corpus Christi, Texas, and taught science and history. Although Evan’s expertise is very technical, he works best collaboratively and prefers teams with diverse backgrounds and personalities to create novel solutions to grand problems.

Student Representative

Randi Cannon

I am a PhD student at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab out of the University of South Alabama. 

Ansley Levine

I am an Extension Program Associate and a Master's student at Mississippi State University’s Coastal Research & Extension Center, where we focus on coastal conservation and restoration activities in the northern Gulf of Mexico. I am passionate about using research to inform more resilient coastal restoration strategies and about collaborating with fellow researchers, policymakers, and the general public to find multidisciplinary strategies for a more sustainable future. Specifically, my current graduate project focuses on the potential use of crushed recycled glass into sand for coastal restoration projects along the northern Gulf of Mexico. Previously, I’ve had the opportunity to participate in coastal restoration research from Texas to Florida, including hands-on restoration projects in Galveston, TX, community ecology studies in Sarasota, FL, and soil and water science research at the University of Florida. I am interested in the opportunity to participate on the GERS Executive Committee to share my experience and learn from other researchers as we work together towards a more resilient future along the Gulf of Mexico.

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)

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703 E. Beach Dr., 

Ocean Springs, MS 39564 USA

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