LUMCON’s DeFelice Marine Center is uniquely situated within the coastal landscape and is close to the gateways of the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers. But our research programs span coastal and marine systems: from the brackish Barataria Bay, across the coastal ocean and its intersection with the Mississippi River, to the open Gulf of Mexico, and in oceans all over the globe. We are proud of our research teams, the work they accomplish, and the resulting science and knowledge that are crucial to understanding, managing, and preserving coastal and marine systems.

Part of our mission is to increase society’s awareness of coastal and ocean issues important to Louisiana. Our educators provide excellent scholastic experiences for all ages to better understand the natural and human-influenced processes affecting coastal Louisiana’s landscape and resources. We train the next generation of problem solvers and researchers though undergraduate and graduate courses and research experiences.

Our facilities—Vessels, Marine Center, Field Station, Library, and Environmental Monitoring Stations—are world-class. I invite you to visit us on the web and in Cocodrie. Come be a part of LUMCON.

Brian Roberts, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Associate Director of Science


LUMCON enhances collaboration by linking the consortium through stronger federal,
state, and local partnerships.


LUMCON Gives back to the community through education and outreach initiatives.


LUMCON leads and partners in scientific innovations designed to stabilize and
strengthen coastal and marine environments for the state and the nation.

LUMCON as a consortium is a statewide academic endeavor to focus and strengthen the effectiveness of foundational marine science needed to address the environmental and socioeconomic challenges facing Louisiana and the nation.

1979, LUMCON has provided unparalleled opportunities in marine science and education to the research community and public alike. Anchored by a first-rate marine laboratory, the DeFelice Marine Center, LUMCON is embedded in Louisiana’s dynamic wetland environment and conveniently located on a gateway to the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico. From this facility, LUMCON operates a world-class fleet of research vessels unmatched in the Gulf of Mexico.


To promote, facilitate, and conduct research and education collaborations among Louisiana’s universities in marine and coastal sciences relevant to the sustainability of coastal and marine environments of the Gulf of Mexico.


Our coasts and oceans restored and thriving through innovation, collaboration, and community action.


  • LUMCON is a program of the Louisiana Board of Regents.
  • LUMCON is a consortium of all 32 public postsecondary institutions plus the ten member institutions of the Louisiana Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (LAICU).
  • LUMCON is a physical presence and statewide resource located on the coast that consists of research and science programs, education and outreach, facilities (Marine Center in Cocodrie and Maritime Campus in Houma), and vessels and dive operations. It also serves as the host state agency for two federally supported affiliates (Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program and the soon to be designated Atchafalaya National Estuarine Research Reserve). The leaders of these activities, along with the Executive Director/Chief Scientist, constitute LUMCON’s Management Team.
  • LUMCON is a community hub with the expertise, resources, and capacity to make the state a leader in all aspects of coastal and marine study and life through its convening and collaboration capacity to address our most compelling questions and challenges.