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Coastal Marine Extension Program

Welcome to the Coastal & Marine Extension Program! Our mission is to put science into practice by providing coastal stakeholders with the knowledge they need to make sound environmental, economic, and resilient decisions. The process of gathering information and getting it to people that can use it involves Extension, applied research, outreach, and education activities. Our focus areas are broad and adapt to the current needs of stakeholders, but generally involve stewardship of coastal and marine resources and resiliency of coastal communities. We work across individual, local, state, regional, national, and international scales, but focus primarily on the coastal regions of Mississippi and Alabama through our affiliation with the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium. This program is comprised of several subprograms that individually contain multiple programs. To learn more about these subprograms, click on their logo below.

We are always looking for feedback, new partners, and projects. If you have any coastal and marine issues or ideas you would like to discuss or would like to learn more about our work, please reach out to Eric Sparks at

Based on the availability of funding, we are often looking for undergraduates, graduate students, and post-graduates for a variety of positions. If you are interested in joining our team, reach out to Eric Sparks at

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MSU Mailstop:
Mailing Address:
1815 Popps Ferry Rd
Biloxi , MS
Physical Address:
1815 Popps Ferry Rd
Biloxi , Mississippi


Name Job Title Email
Ms. Jaden Akers Extension Associate I
Portrait of Ms. Alena Quinn Anderson Ms. Alena Quinn Anderson Extension Program Associate
Ms. Tommie Alexandria Barnett Extension Program Assistant
Mr. Keith Antoine Chenier, Jr. Extension Associate I
Dr. Renee Christine Collini Assistant Professor
Portrait of Dr. James Marcus Drymon Dr. James Marcus Drymon Assistant Extension Professor
Ms. Ashleigh Alyse Dunaway Extension Associate I
Portrait of Ms. Elizabeth Ann Englebretson Ms. Elizabeth Ann Englebretson Extension Associate I
Ms. Amanda Free Extension Program Associate
Ms. Kristi Anne Gay Extension Program Assistant
Ms. Kristie Lee Gill Intermittent Worker
Ms. Shelby Ann Harrier Intermittent Worker
Ms. Jessie Carter Howington Intermittent Worker
Portrait of Ms. Jessi A James Ms. Jessi A James Extension Associate I
Portrait of Mr. Matthew Bernard Jargowsky Mr. Matthew Bernard Jargowsky Intermittent Worker
Portrait of Ms. Amanda Elizabeth Jargowsky Ms. Amanda Elizabeth Jargowsky Extension Associate III
Ms. Claire Kirby Intermittent Worker
Ms. Larisa Lee Extension Associate III
Ms. Ansley Jane Levine Extension Program Assistant
Ms. Cynthia Lupton Extension Program Assistant
Ms. Sara Elizabeth Martin Extension Associate II
Portrait of Ms. Danielle Meghan McAree Ms. Danielle Meghan McAree Extension Program Associate
Mr. Andrew Christopher Medhurst Extension Associate I
Ms. Alexis Monti Intermittent Worker
Ms. Ana Osowski Extension Associate I
Mr. Jeneil Patel Extension Program Associate
Ms. Alyssa Rodolfich Extension Associate I
Portrait of Ms. Amanda Nicole Sartain Ms. Amanda Nicole Sartain Extension Associate I
Ms. Nora C. Skinner Extension Program Assistant
Portrait of Dr. Eric L. Sparks Dr. Eric L. Sparks Assc Extension Prof & Director
Ms. Abby Jane Vaughn Extension Associate I
Portrait of Mr. Anthony James Vedral Mr. Anthony James Vedral Extension Associate I
Portrait of Mr. Matthew Finley Virden Mr. Matthew Finley Virden Extension Associate I
Mr. Mason Patrick Budden Welch Intermittent Worker
Ms. Qiyamah Williams Extension Associate I
Ms. Nina Cecilia Woodard Extension Associate I
Ms. Emerson Rae Woodhall Intermittent Worker
Ms. Trinity Leilani Yap Intermittent Worker
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Portrait of Dr. Eric L. Sparks
Assc Extension Prof & Director
coastal conservation and restoration, living shorelines, marine debris, environmental stewards

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