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Benitez-Nelson Selected 2015 Wiesenburg Distinguished Lecturer to Present April 8, 9

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The Department of Marine Science at The University of Southern Mississippi has selected Dr. Claudia Benitez-Nelson, distinguished professor in marine science at the University of South Carolina, as the 2015 Denis and Jean Wiesenburg Distinguished Lecturer in Ocean Science. As the distinguished lecturer, Benitez-Nelson will give two presentations focused on the marine environment.

Benitez-Nelson will give the first presentation Wednesday, April 8, in the StennisSphere Auditorium at Stennis Space Center in Hancock County. Her presentation, “Elemental Stoichiometry and the Composition and Flux of Suspended and Sinking Material in a Coastal Marine Ecosystem,” will be given from 1:30 until 2:30 p.m.

The second presentation will be held Thursday, April 9, from 12:15 until 1 p.m. in the Fleming Education Center auditorium on the Southern Miss Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. Benitez-Nelson’s presentation, “Neurotoxins in the Environment,” will focus on harmful algal blooms in the ocean, how and why microscopic algae produce toxins, how those toxins affect other organisms in the ocean, and what sort of dangers they pose to humans.

The Distinguished Lecture in Ocean Science series is dedicated to Dr. Denis Wiesenburg, provost at Southern Miss, and his wife, Jean Wiesenburg. As past chair of the Department of Marine Science, Wiesenburg continues to be active in the pursuit of excellence in marine science at Southern Miss and across the nation. His contributions to Southern Miss in the field of oceanography have strengthened and built upon the foundation of the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning designation of Southern Miss as the Center of Excellence in Marine Science for the State of Mississippi.

Both lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.usm.edu/marine/wiesenburg-distinguished-lecturer.