2014 Summer Field Program

Experience the Marine Biology of the Gulf of Mexico.

Note: The 2014 Summer Field Program has concluded. Look here for details on the 2015 program later in October. In the mean time, information on the 2014 program remains here for reference.

2014 Summer Field Program, University of Southern Mississippi Department of Coastal Sciences

GCRL's Summer Field Program provides undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to learn about coastal environments in an intensive field and lab based setting. On-site amenities include research vessels, dormitory, dining hall, research labs, library, and a specimen museum. Make your plans today to attend the 2014 Summer Field Program and gain an experience of a lifetime!


The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) Summer Field Program focuses on studies of plants and animals in their natural habitats and physical and chemical processes in local marine and coastal environments. Most classes are field-oriented with trips on one or more of the GCRL oceanographic and fisheries research vessels: 97-foot R/V Tommy Munro, 55-foot R/V Tom McIlwain, and 38-foot R/V Hermes.


Dormitory housing is available for single students, two per room (includes Ethernet internet access) and the dining hall serves three meals daily. GCRL is located in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, between New Orleans, Louisiana, and Mobile, Alabama. Water sports, fishing, golf, tennis, biking, and hiking are among the local opportunities for recreation available to GCRL students.

2014 Calendar

The 2014 summer terms run May 12-23, May 27 - June 24, and June 26 - July 25. GCRL’s three-term summer program enables students to earn up to 15 semester hours of credit. A student may enroll in only one course each term. Students should not take classes at other campuses while taking field courses at GCRL.

2014 Course Offerings

Details on all course offerings and syllabi (syllabuses) are available on the SFP Course Offerings page.

Summer Mini-Session, May 12-23, 2014

  • Aquatic and Wetland Plants
  • Barrier Island Ecology
  • Coastal Herpetology
  • Coastal Ornithology
  • Dolphin and Whale Behavior
  • Environmental Photography
  • Marine Toxicology

First Term, May 27 – June 24, 2012

  • Marine Biology
  • Marine Ecology
  • Marine Embryology
  • Marine Invertebrate Zoology
  • Oceanography
  • Shark Biology

Second Term, June 26 – July 25, 2014

  • Marine Aquaculture
  • Marine Biology
  • Marine Ichthyology
  • Marine Jellyfish (July 14 -25, 2014)
  • Marine Mammals
  • Parasites of Marine Animals
  • Stingray Physiology
    (June 26 - July 10, 2014)

For More Information

Program details, fee information, and application forms are provided here.

Sam Clardy
Coordinator of Educational Programs
For Admissions:
Margaret Firth, Undergraduate Programs Specialist

Summer Field Program students collect marine specimens using a seine.