Mississippi veterinary college to further study Gulf
Posted Dec. 6, 2012
Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine will work more closely with a local research institution to study the health of animals in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport, Miss., announced its formal partnership with Mississippi State on Oct. 19. The two will research protected, threatened, and endangered Gulf species, especially after recent hurricanes and the BP oil spill.
The goal is to improve the ecological health of the Gulf and to discover how natural and man-made disasters have affected one of the largest ecosystems in the world, according to an Oct. 24 Sun Herald story on the announcement.
Mississippi State and IMMS have worked together for about 25 years on various projects, but representatives said the partnership needed structure to fully study the Gulf and the species that live in it, so they signed a memorandum of understanding.
Veterinary college Dean Kent Hoblet said at the announcement that the collaboration will provide better research and public service, and a study of the ecological richness of the Gulf.
He added that the partnership would provide research opportunities for students and help expand the curriculum at the veterinary college.