Welcome to the Coastal Ecology and Seagrass Biology Lab

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

Research in the Coastal Ecology and Seagrass Biology 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

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