Research at the Lab

Our faculty conduct research in coastal, nearshore, and deep-sea environs with a focus on marine conservation, management, and restoration.


While research sites stretch from the Bahamas to Norway, and from Panama to British Columbia, most of them occur in the eastern Gulf of Mexico.  The northeastern Gulf of Mexico marine ecosystem is woefully understudied; yet, it is among the most biologically diverse and productive systems in the United States, both inshore and offshore, supporting commercial and recreational fisheries valued in the billions of dollars and providing a suite of ecosystem services that enrich the region. Areas of research are detailed below from faculty laboratories.

Oyster Reef Ecology & Restoration

Meiofauna Ecology & Biodiversity

Human Impacts on Coral Reefs

Macrophytes & Climate Change

Coastal & Deep Sea Sharks

Reef Fish Ecology & Conservation


Last Updated: Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 12:01 PM