For Visiting Professionals

Visiting professionals include persons or groups conducting research, education, and stewardship projects consistent with Grand Bay NERR objectives. These professionals can use meeting space, dormitories, laboratories, conduct research, and have access to view past projects and publications. Check out the links below for more information.

What does Grand Bay NERR have to offer?

  • A Special Use Permit from the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources is required for research occurring within Grand Bay NERR’s boundaries. 
  • If your work occurs on Grand Bay National Wildlife Refuge property (most uplands work will), you also need a permit from the Refuge.
  • Several private inholdings exist within the Grand Bay NERR boundary. Please check the Jackson County Tax Assessor’s property maps to make sure you do not locate research sites on private property.
  • We request that you send us a project title, brief description, and anticipated start and end dates (year is fine) for your project, so we can demonstrate the value of the NERR system for external researchers! Please contact the Research Coordinator with these details, and share your publications with us when they come out!

Probably! We have a dorm that sleeps up to 20 and has a kitchen. More details on our dorm policies, and a link to reserve a room, are below in Dormitories.

Probably! We have an external mud room with a boot wash and sink, and two indoor laboratories. The labs have fume hoods, drying ovens, a spectrophotometer, deionized water, and other typical lab equipment. Please contact us if you’re interested in using lab space.

Example Visiting Researcher Projects

The USGS has been studying Grand Bay for over a decade. To learn more about what they’ve worked on, check out this interactive Story Map.

Drs. Julia Cherry and Behzad Mortazavi of the University of Alabama were funded by Sea Grant for a study in GNDNERR. Check out their project, “Assessing recovery of ecosystem structure and function in restored tidal marshes of the Mississippi-Alabama Gulf Coast.”

Dr. Wei Wu of the University of Southern Mississippi’s Sea Grant-funded project at GNDNERR is entitled “Salt marsh upland migration: Past, present and future.

Meet the Staff

Sandra Bilbo is the Special Programs & Communications Manager.
She can help guide your experience at Grand Bay NERR.