IMMS forms partnership with Mississippi State University - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

IMMS forms partnership with Mississippi State University

A panel of educators, scientists and government officials gathered Wednesday morning for the formal announcement of the partnership. A panel of educators, scientists and government officials gathered Wednesday morning for the formal announcement of the partnership.
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

The Institute of Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport has launched a new partnership with Mississippi State University. IMMS will be working with the university's College of Veterinary Medicine to focus research efforts on the Gulf of Mexico.

A panel of educators, scientists and government officials gathered Wednesday morning for the formal announcement of the partnership.

"We have issues with epidemiology, toxicology, pathology. There's some very, very serious issues of ecological health that require a much more structured approach," said IMMS President, Dr. Moby Solangi.

Veterinary students at MSU interested in dolphins and sea turtles and marine science will find increased opportunity.

"They come to college with interest in marine mammals. And it's been a case where occasionally they would get down here. We hope to eventually have facilities down here where they can come and stay," said Dr. Kent Hoblet, with the College of Veterinary Medicine.

DMR Director Dr. Bill Walker says one "silver lining" of the oil spill may be the new interest and focus on the Gulf of Mexico. Not long ago, he says, various research groups were reluctant to share with one another.

"But that's changing. And it's really been changing over the last ten or so years when we realized there's a lot to do. We all have a piece of it. And if we put all our pieces together, we can build a heck of a team," said Dr. Walker.

"It's really our privilege that we are seeing a major university with that type of assets and intellectual capabilities to come and help us resolve some of the issues, study some of the issues and come up with some answers," said Dr. Solangi.

The research attention will be on the long term health of the Gulf of Mexico, with a focus on species like dolphins and sea turtles, which are good biological indicators of the marine environment.

IMMS and Mississippi State already have several research projects underway related to the Gulf of Mexico. One such study involves the post-oil spill deaths of marine mammals. MSU pathologist, Dr. Tim Morgan, is studying the tissues of the animals that died.

Copyright 2012 WLOX. All rights reserved.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Sheriff: Armed suspect shot by Harrison Co. deputy

    Sheriff: Armed suspect shot by Harrison Co. deputy

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 2:01 PM EST2017-11-21 19:01:25 GMT
    (Photo source: File)(Photo source: File)

    A news release from Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson says a deputy shot and killed an armed suspect on Lake Vista Drive. According to the sheriff, deputies went to the neighborhood off Canal Road at 5:58 Monday night. They reportedly went there for a follow-up call involving a stolen car case from earlier that day.  "A deputy discharged his weapon and the suspect was transported from the scene to a local area hospital" where he later died, the sheriff said.

    More >>

    A news release from Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson says a deputy shot and killed an armed suspect on Lake Vista Drive. According to the sheriff, deputies went to the neighborhood off Canal Road at 5:58 Monday night. They reportedly went there for a follow-up call involving a stolen car case from earlier that day.  "A deputy discharged his weapon and the suspect was transported from the scene to a local area hospital" where he later died, the sheriff said.

    More >>
  • Saucier woman cleared of charges in wire transfer fraud case

    Saucier woman cleared of charges in wire transfer fraud case

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 1:03 PM EST2017-11-21 18:03:28 GMT
    Lynda Wolfe (Photo source: Hancock County Sheriff's Department)Lynda Wolfe (Photo source: Hancock County Sheriff's Department)

    Hancock County Sheriff's Department Investigator AJ Gambino says Lynda Wolfe walked out of jail today a free woman after he learned Wolfe was a victim of identity theft. 

    More >>

    Hancock County Sheriff's Department Investigator AJ Gambino says Lynda Wolfe walked out of jail today a free woman after he learned Wolfe was a victim of identity theft. 

    More >>
  • OS Aldermen to take up state flag issue tonight

    OS Aldermen to take up state flag issue tonight

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 12:44 PM EST2017-11-21 17:44:54 GMT
    Last Friday, a group of protesters, flags in hand, protested outside city hall to show support for the state flag. (Photo source: WLOX)Last Friday, a group of protesters, flags in hand, protested outside city hall to show support for the state flag. (Photo source: WLOX)

    Ocean Springs aldermen added two new items to their agenda for Tuesday night’s meeting. Both are related to the recent debate over our state flag.

    More >>

    Ocean Springs aldermen added two new items to their agenda for Tuesday night’s meeting. Both are related to the recent debate over our state flag.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly