This year’s visit to the Gulf Coast Research Lab (Fall 2013)

by Dr. Stan Eisen, Professor of Biology

The GCRL crew

The GCRL crew: (L-R): Dr. Stan Eisen, Natalie Wright, Elizabeth Nguyen, Eisha Thakor, Kevin Pharm, Chawan Rasheed, Elton Banks, Samantha Canizaro, Damien Stevenson, Garrett Burton, Eric Joe

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.

Students examining the days catch.

Students examining the days catch.

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

Jessica Schneider photographing specimens in the laboratory

Jessica Schneider photographing specimens in the laboratory

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
The Titanic Pose (Chawan Rasheed)

The Titanic Pose (Chawan Rasheed)

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.