LUMCON’s main facility is an ideal and immersive location for research and education. The W. J. DeFelice Marine Center is located in Cocodrie, LA., approximately 85 miles southwest of New Orleans. The Marine Center is situated in the heart of the estuarine wetland complex of the Mississippi River deltaic plain, between two active distributaries–the Atchafalaya River and the Mississippi itself. This site provides ready field access to the most productive estuaries in the United States and one of the largest wetlands in the world. In addition to the access to vast salt, brackish and freshwater marshes, the Marine Center also affords proximity to the barrier islands and offshore coastal and blue, deep waters of the northern Gulf of Mexico. The distance from a major urban center and universities also affords opportunities for retreat. Consortium faculty, students, and other stakeholders may find solitude that allows them to focus on both research and education removed from institutional distractions.
The marine center’s meeting facilities and dormitories are available for education, research, and hosting meetings and workshops. For more information, contact our Associate Director of Education and Outreach, contact our Associate Director of Science, or read about our Marine Synthesis Center initiatives and funding opportunities.
FOURCHON FIELD STATION
LUMCON’s Fourchon Lab is a 2,500 square foot laboratory located on a 10 acre plot in Fourchon, Louisiana (800 LUMCON Rd). The Lab is available to Consortium members, state and federal agencies, other nonprofit groups, and marine research groups for research and education. The facility is equipped with a full kitchen, can sleep up to 16 people in 4 bedrooms, and has dedicated lab and office space. Below the building is a covered area with picnic tables, a laundry room, and a restroom. The Lab has a private dock, the property is fenced, and the fence gate can be locked.