by Dr. Stan Eisen, Professor of Biology
During the Fall semester, the Biology Department plans a weekend trip to the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, located in Ocean Springs, MS, to give students a “taste” of marine biology. This year, Dr. Stan Eisen took a group of students during the weekend of Friday, November 1, through Sunday, November 3, to go trawling the Bay of Biloxi on Saturday morning, to tour the lower Pascagoula River on Saturday afternoon, and to conduct laboratory studies on the digeanean (fluke) parasites of snails and fish from the area.
According to its website, the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) is a marine/ coastal research and education enterprise sited in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, and is a unit of The University of Southern Mississippi‘s College of Science and Technology. GCRL has a workforce of 200 faculty, researchers, graduate students and support staff. Research at GCRL is multidisciplinary and applications-oriented with a focus on sustainable coastal and marine resources, development of new marine technologies, and the education of future scientists and citizens. Education opportunities span graduate degree programs in coastal sciences, undergraduate field courses in marine biology and hands-on discovery programs for precollege students and teachers. http://www.usm.edu/gcrl/about_us/index.php
Research and education activities at GCRL are conducted through one academic department, the Department of Coastal Sciences, and three centers.
- Center for Fisheries Research and Development
- Marine Education Center
- Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center
As part of its mission for marine education, the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory maintains a consortium of colleges and universities, which provide a venue for students to take classes at the Laboratory. Christian Brothers University is a member of that consortium.