Field Trip Options 2017-02-18T04:06:55+00:00


    1. A four hour trip on the R/V Acadiana to upper Terrebonne Bay for collecting typical low salinity estuarine nekton, plankton and benthos at a sampling depth of 2 to 3 meters
      • Minimal expense
      • Best chance of success with inclement weather (important to consider in early spring and late fall)
      • Sampling by 25′ flat otter trawl, 50 cm plankton net, petite ponar
      • Limited hydrographic analysis (little chance of vertical profiles)
      • Faunal samples representative of lower salinity (5 ppt – 20 ppt) estuarine environments
    1. An eight hour trip on the R/V Acadiana to lower Terrebonne Bay and the Gulf of Mexico off Timbalier Island to collect nekton, plankton, and benthos that occur in higher salinities. Hydrographic profiles can also be done at sampling depths of 7 to 15 meters. The latter can be used to demonstrate hypoxia during warm months.
      • Good chance of success in inclement weather
      • Sampling by 25′ flat trawl, 50 cm plankton net, petite ponar, box corer
      • Hydrographic analysis to obtain vertical profiles
      • Opportunity to demonstrate hypoxia (depending on season)
      • Faunal samples representative of higher salinity (15 ppt – 30ppt) estuarine environments
    1. A small boat trip to the barrier islands south of Cocodrie to study barrier island biology and geology. Beach, salt marsh, tidal inlet, and bay (Timbalier and Terrebonne Bays, Bay Cocodrie, Bay Sainte Elaine, and Lake Pelto) habitats are available. Hydrographic, benthic grab, and 16 foot trawl sampling are also possible from small boats.
      • Subject to inclement weather, especially in early spring or late fall
      • Greatest range of habitats available
      • Destinations may include Timbalier or Last Island, or local bays and bayous
      • Limited hydrographic analysis
      • Botanical sampling on barrier islands
      • Zoological sampling using dip nets, seines, 30 cm plankton net, 16′ trawl, ponar or Ekman grabs.
    1. A canoe/kayak trip into the saltmarsh surrounding the Marine Center to learn about saltmarsh ecology and processes, wetland loss and restoration practices.
      • Subject to inclement weather and high winds (pontoon boat can be substituted if there are no more than 15 participants)
      • Up close look of saltmarsh and its inhabitants
      • Limited to area surrounding LUMCON
      • Shortest field excursion available (2-3 hrs)
    1. A one-hour in-depth tour of the DeFelice Marine Center.
      • Not subject to inclement weather
      • Learn about LUMCON’s history, administration, architecture, services and on-going research and educational programs
      • Visit the collections room, tower, research labs, library, etc.
    1. A combination trip with a half-day on the in upper Terrebonne Bay, and half day on small boats to Last Island. With this option students can be exposed to the greatest diversity of habitats and species, and the widest array of sampling gear and techniques.
      • Widest range of habitats and sampling gear
      • Includes four hour Acadiana trip and four hour small boat trip as described
  1. A customized field trip to meet your goals using any of the available facilities.

Other Options:

    • Following field activities, laboratories with dissecting and compound microscopes, balances, and other equipment are available for examination or analysis of specimens and samples collected in the field. Of particular interest to many classes is observation of live plankton samples. Visiting faculty are also encouraged to preserve specimens for use at their home institutions.
    • Upon your request, a marine educator can accompany your group for $90/day. Marine educators are not required for field trips.
    • Boat operators are also available for the field trips. Note: If you plan to operate small boats yourself, you are required to have passed a public boating course such as those offered by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxillary, U. S. Power Squadrons, or LA Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries. And you also need to get authorization from the Vessel Operations Office.
  • University groups are allowed to bring university or private boats for field trips.

Please contact the education department at (985) 851-2800, for reservations or additional information.