Register now to attend the Dec. 1-3 virtual Bays and Bayous Symposium 

If you have an interest in coastal sciences, you are invited to attend the virtual 2020 Bays and Bayous Symposium from Dec. 1-3. All you have to do is register, and you can attend from anywhere, for free.

The Bays and Bayous Symposium will focus on coastal research, extension and education in the northern Gulf of Mexico. As a registered attendee, you will be able to view over 160 presentations from scientists, engineers, resource managers, local government leaders, NGOs, graduate students, agency professionals and more. You also can create a personalized schedule of sessions that interest you, use live chat and Q&A features during presentations and panels, attend a virtual social hour and more!

The symposium sessions focus on current research and coastal issues including:

  • Disasters and Disruptions: New research, perspectives and/or updates on human and ecological impacts, restoration, extension and education, and outreach-related discoveries related to major disruptions and disasters (hurricanes, oil spills, pandemics, freshwater inflow) affecting the Gulf Coast.
  • Healthy Coastal Ecosystems: Insights and research about habitat protection, conservation and restoration in light of the inevitable changes to our coasts.
  • Living Marine Resources: Research that addresses management questions necessary for sustainability of the Gulf of Mexico ranging from single species to entire ecosystems.
  • Resilient Communities and Economies: How communities adapt to natural, anthropogenic and social impacts of coastal hazards.
  • Water Quantity and Quality: Assessment of alterations in water quality and quantity, identification of human health and ecosystem impacts, and improved management of the critical resource.

The theme of the symposium is “Sound Science, Sound Policy: A 2020 Vision for the Future,” and live panels will include Disasters and Disruptions, The Great Red Snapper Count, Coalitions for Undertaking a Comprehensive Watershed Restoration and Improving Environmental Management, and Science and Policy for Oyster Management. The program for the Bays and Bayous Symposium is now online.

Symposium sponsors include the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, Mobile Bay National Estuary Program, Alabama State Port Authority, Gulf of Mexico Alliance, Hydro Engineering Solutions, The University of Southern Mississippi, Geosyntec Consultants, Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood, Neel-Schaffer, Headwaters LLC, Stantec, Dog River Clearwater Revival, Environmental Science Associates, Thompson Engineering, The Northern Gulf Institute and Mississippi Commercial Fisheries United.