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Issues + Answers Lecture Series to Feature Experts Panel on Oil Spill, Ecosystem

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The Sun Herald and The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast will present the Issues + Answers lecture “Ecosystem at Risk? Implications of the Deepwater Horizon Incident on the Ecology of the North Central Gulf of Mexico” Thursday, July 29 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center in Ocean Springs. The lecture will feature a panel of experts from the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Research Laboratory.

The panel will feature Dr. Bill Hawkins, moderator; Harriet Perry on crustacean and shellfish life cycles; Jim Franks on finfish stocks; Dr. Joe Griffitt on aquatic toxicology; and Dr. Jay Grimes on biomediation. Following the panel discussion, the experts will be available for a question-and-answer session to address questions on how the Deepwater Horizon incident has impacted the biology of the North Central Gulf, how it works and the implications of this event.

Issues + Answers lectures are free and open to the public. The Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center is located at 1600 Government Street in Ocean Springs. For more information on this lecture or the Issues + Answers lecture series, online visit www.usm.edu/gc/lectureseries.html or call 228.865.4573.