GERS is excited to announce that Dr. Leila Hamdan, Professor at The University of Southern Mississippi and President of the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF) will be the plenary speaker at this year's meeting!
Dr. Leila J. Hamdan is the Interim Associate Vice President for Research and Acting Director of the School of Ocean Science and Engineering at the University of Southern Mississippi. She is also Professor of Marine Microbial Ecology. She received her BS in Biology from Rowan University of New Jersey, and a MS and PhD from George Mason University in Virginia. Prior to joining USM, she was a National Research Council Postdoctoral Associate, a Research Microbial Ecologist in the Marine Biogeochemistry Section at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, and Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the Microbiome Analysis Center at George Mason University. Dr. Hamdan’s studies center on biogeography in coastal areas, the features that shape marine microbiomes, and exploring natural and built features in the deep sea. She received the National Oceanographic Partnership Program’s Excellence in Partnering Award in 2017 for leadership of a team of natural and social scientists on a study of the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Spill on historic shipwreck in the Gulf of Mexico. She is an associate editor for the journals Biogeochemistry and Limnology and Oceanography, and President of the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (2021-2013).