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Coastal Research

Leading Research on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

As the leading research university on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, we are leveraging our proximity to the Gulf of Mexico to advance scientific research, develop innovative partnerships and propel our state's growing Blue Economy. Our R1 research enterprise includes a robust presence spanning the state's coastline from east to west.

Center for Fisheries Research and Development

Center for Fisheries and Research Development

The Center for Fisheries Research and Development (CFRD) scientists conduct research that informs resource management.

Marine Education Center

Marine Education Center

The Marine Education Center (MEC) serves as the education and outreach arm for the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory.

Hydrographic Science Research Center

Hydrographic Science Research Center

The Hydrographic Science Research Center (HSRC) was established in 2001 to assess emerging trends in hydrography and implement the most promising trends into operational use.

Marine Aquaculture Center

Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center

The Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center is an advanced research unit centrally located in the northern Gulf of Mexico at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory’s Cedar Point research site.

Roger F. Wicker OE

Roger F. Wicker Center for Ocean Enterprise

The Center for Ocean Enterprise is a curated collection of marine assets, including the Marine Research Center (MRC), the Roger F. Wicker Center for Ocean Enterprise (OE) Building, and the Gulf & Ship Island Building. Innovators with blue technology prototypes have access to resources assembled with a strategy and branded to accelerate the development and launch of new products

Gulf Coast Research Laboratory

Gulf Coast Research Laboratory

The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) is a research and teaching unit dedicated to the advancement of scientific discovery and promotion of academic growth in the fields of marine biology and coastal sciences. 

Gulf Coast Geospatial Center

Gulf Coast Geospatial Center

The Gulf Coast Geospatial Center’s (GCGC) mission is to create and provide useful and comprehensive spatial datasets.

R/V Point Sur sailing in the ocean


Vessel Operations acts as a nonprofit support center with the goal to provide additional resources to help aid in research, education, and outreach programs along the Gulf Coast.