Jimmy Buffett helps USM researchers

By Colleen Donovan - bio | email

HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - Jimmy Buffett, a 1969 USM graduate, is supporting the Southern Miss Oil Response Team.

The singer and songwriter met with the University's President, Dr. Martha Saunders and her team of researchers on June sixth.

Buffett visited USM's Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs to talk about their needs regarding the examination of this spill. To help out, Buffett partnered with a boat company from Florida called Dragonfly Boats. Designer, Mark Castlow is creating specialized boats for the lab.

Buffett is donating those vessels to the University. Dr. Saunders said Buffett e-mailed her about two weeks ago saying he wanted to see the lab's work.

"So he came and met with our scientists and got a briefing on the kind of work we are doing. And Mark Castlow came and we talked about the progress of the boats and so it was a great day. We got to see a great alum and talk about what we can do together toward maybe improving the prospects with this oil spill," said Saunders.

Dr. Saunders said the Dragonfly boats are designed to navigate shallow water like marshes.

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