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The 2022 GERS Meeting is being held at the Halstead Campus of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) located at 703 E. Beach Drive, Ocean Springs, MS 39564. The banquet is being held at the Cedar Point Campus located at 101 Sweetbay Dr., Ocean Springs, MS 39564.

When traveling between campuses, please use Google maps (not Apple maps) to enter the address.  Below are step-by-step directions from Halstead to MEC:

  • From the GCRL Halstead Campus, turn right and go 1.4 miles north on Halstead Road to Government Street and turn right. 
  • After 2.0 miles, turn right on Knapp Road. 
  • Take the first right onto VFW Road. 
  • Take the first left onto Park Road. 
  • In 0.2 miles, turn left into the GCRL entrance at Laurel Oak Drive. 
  • After approximately 0.3 miles, the Marine Education Center entrance is on the left.

Parking at GCRL is free for the meeting, and a parking permit will not be required.

The closest airport to Ocean Springs is the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport (GPT, ~30 minute drive to GCRL), followed by the Mobile Regional Airport (MOB, ~1h drive to GCRL), and the Louis Armstrong New Orleans Airport (MSY, ~1.5h drive to GCRL).

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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