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Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center gets new director

The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Ocean Science and Technology has named Dr. Kelly Lucas director of the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory’s Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center.

Lucas comes to USM after serving as the chief scientific officer at the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources since 2013.

A South Mississippi native, Lucas holds a doctorate degree in coastal sciences from the University of Southern Mississippi, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Bachelor of Science in microbiology from Mississippi State University.

The $25 million aquaculture facility employs cutting-edge technology, peer-reviewed research and hands-on testing to grow fish in an environmentally responsible and economically feasible manner. The center works directly with blue crab, red snapper, marine shrimp, spotted sea trout and striped bass.

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