Louisiana University Marine Consortium (LUMCON) promotes, facilitates, and conducts research and education among Louisiana’s universities in marine and coastal sciences relevant to the sustainability of coastal and marine environments of the Gulf of Mexico. In this aim, LUMCON strives to provide innovative models of scientific and educational programs and answers to questions relevant to the national and international stage. In 1979, the Louisiana State Legislature created LUMCON with 2016 legislation placing LUMCON as a division of the Louisiana Board of Regents.
The DeFelice Marine Center is located in Cocodrie, 85 miles southwest of New Orleans. By design, LUMCON is uniquely situated in an ideal location for immersive research and education programs and activities. The Marine Center is situated in the heart of the estuarine wetland complex. The Marine Center is a modern complex of research, instructional, residential, and support facilities that includes 26,000 usable square feet of laboratory, classroom, office, and library space. Dormitory rooms and apartments provide housing for up to 87 people.
LUMCON operates and maintains one of the largest fleets of research vessels along the Gulf of Mexico. The icon of marine operations and the fleet is the 116’ R/V Pelican. The 58’ R/V Acadiana is well suited for education and research in Terrebonne Bay and nearby coastal waters. A fleet of 14 small vessels complements the research vessels. With nearly 100 staff, LUMCON encompasses an intrepid and resilient group from diverse backgrounds and with broad expertise. The research conducted by scientists is internationally recognized and impactful. Marine operations and vessel crews are known for their proficiency, professionalism, and determination.
Louisiana University Marine Consortium (LUMCON) promotes, facilitates, and conducts research and education among Louisiana’s universities in marine and coastal sciences relevant to the sustainability of coastal and marine…