Plenary speakers

Denise J. Reed is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in coastal marsh sustainability and the role of human activities in modifying coastal systems with over 35 years of experience studying coastal issues in the United States and abroad. Dr. Reed has served as a Distinguished Research Professor at the University of New Orleans, and spent five years as Chief Scientist at The Water Institute of the Gulf. She has served on numerous boards and panels addressing the effects of human alterations on coastal environments and the role of science in guiding restoration, and has been a member of the USACE Environmental Advisory Board and the NOAA Science Advisory Board. Dr. Reed received her B.S. degree in Geography from Sidney Sussex College, and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from University of Cambridge. Lab website



Dr. Marcus Drymon is an Assistant Extension Professor at Mississippi State University. He is a fisheries ecologist whose research has focused on the ecological role of upper trophic level fishes in coastal ecosystems. He is particularly interested in the dynamics of coastal shark assemblages, which he examines through studies of their relative abundance, distribution, movements, and feeding habits. Most of his research has been conducted in the northern Gulf of Mexico, an ecosystem with an exciting diversity of sharks, skates and rays. Through collaborations with recreational anglers and commercial fishermen, his primary research motivation is to provide the most current and applicable science to the managers of our coastal marine resources. This engagement is facilitated through participation on the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council’s Outreach and Education Advisory Panel, and well as NOAA Fisheries Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel. Dr. Drymon earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Marine Science and Biology from Coastal Carolina University in 2000, a Master’s Degree in Marine Biology from the College of Charleston in 2003, and a Ph.D. in Marine Sciences from the University of South Alabama in 2010.    Lab website


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