Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON)
Research Areas: LUMCON is much more than its marine laboratory, the DeFelice Marine Center. LUMCON is a Consortium of marine scientists across more than two dozen member institutions. As the hub of this Consortium, LUMCON can draw from a wide variety of resources and expertise, ultimately serving as an incubator and leader for marine science in Louisiana, throughout the Gulf of Mexico, and across the globe. LUMCON’s strength is that it serves as a center for the synthesis of ideas and data, yet is also equipped with the tangible laboratory- and field-based equipment and facilities to bolster scientific progress. LUMCON has the diversity of tools and knowledge through Consortium partnerships to find solutions to problems facing coastal Louisiana, the Gulf of Mexico, and ocean ecosystems at large.
Special Research Capabilities: LUMCON offers a number of resources to scientists and educators interested in coastal and open-ocean ecosystems:
- One of the largest fleets of research vessels in the Gulf of Mexico.
- LUMCON’s main facility, the W. J. DeFelice Marine Center, which contains laboratory, classroom, office, library, dining, dormitory, and recreational areas.
- Meeting facilities, including a 100-seat, multi-configuration auditorium; 80 bed-capacity dormitories; and full-service dining facilities.
- The Fourchon Lab, a 10-acre field facility with laboratory and office space and a boat dock that can sleep up to 16 people.
- The LUMCON Library, which is perhaps the best source of marine-related journals in the state and includes excellent online and interlibrary loan capabilities.
- Historical and real-time data on local environmental conditions.
- The only academically-based AAUS-certified Dive Safety Program and Officer in Louisiana.
- A variety of tanks, aquaria, and mesocosms in customizable, controlled or natural conditions.
More information on LUMCON’s research, education, vessels, and resources is available at https://lumcon.edu/