Welcome to the Coastal Ecology and Seagrass Biology Lab

We are part of the School of Ocean Science and Technology and Division of Coastal Sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi. Our lab is located at the Gulf Coastal Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs, MS. 

Research in our lab focuses on:

1) The functional role of submerged, floating, and emergent coastal plants as habitat and food for nearshore animals

2) Reproductive ecology of submerged plants, including controls on reproductive timing and output, seed dispersal and seedling                 recruitment, and

3) Ecological consequences of complexity across scales in coastal ecosystems

We use a combination of laboratory and field experiments and surveys to address hypothesis-driven questions related to coastal and benthic processes and relevant to coastal management, conservation and restoration. We have several ongoing projects with collaborators across the Gulf of Mexico. You can read more here

News

08/10/17: The Coastal Ecology and Seagrass Biology Lab receives funding from the NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program! You can read more here.

07/01/17: The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory announces Graduate Fellowships in Coastal Sciences. You can learn more about these opportunities here.

03/22/17: We are recruiting a Ph.D. student to begin August 2017. This student will be co-advised with Dr. Zack Darnell and will investigate the use of turtlegrass beds as habitat by nekton across the Gulf of Mexico. This position has been filled.

 

A turtlegrass (Thalassia testudinum) seedling in Aransas Bay, TX

A turtlegrass (Thalassia testudinum) seedling in Aransas Bay, TX

Fragmented smooth cordgrass (Spartina alterniflora) in Terrebonne Bay, LA

Fragmented smooth cordgrass (Spartina alterniflora) in Terrebonne Bay, LA