Hanging out on the beach with Dr. Rusty Feagin's Barrier Island Ecology class

This summer 2011, Dr. Rusty Feagin's RENR 489: Barrier Island Ecology class visited several barrier islands along the US Gulf Coast. Students in the class sampled the surf, beaches, sand dunes, salt marshes, maritime forests, and estuaries. Students checked out the critters on dry land, went trawling for shrimp in the Mississippi Sound, visited islands in multiple states, witnessed oil damage from the Deepwater Horizon, and kept up to date on the recovery and restoration efforts since Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Islands National Seashore. The course was co-taught by Dr. Rusty Feagin (TAMU), Dr. Bill Smith (Wake Forest University), and Dr. Jerry McClelland (University of Southern Mississippi), and included several other top researchers as guest speakers. As part of a half-million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation to Drs. Feagin and Smith (NSF-DBI-0741928), funds were provided for student travel, lodging, and scholarships.

Hanging out on the beach with Dr. Rusty Feagin's Barrier Island Ecology class
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