The LUMCON W. J. DeFelice Marine Center is located in Cocodrie, La., approximately 85 miles southwest of New Orleans. It is situated in the heart of the estuarine wetland complex of the Mississippi River deltaic plain, between two active distributaries - the Atchafalaya River and the Mississippi itself. This site provides ready field access to the most productive estuaries in the United States, including:
- vast salt, brackish and freshwater marshes,
- barrier islands, and
- offshore environments of the northern Gulf of Mexico
The Marine Center is a modern, 75,000 square foot complex of research, instructional, housing, and support facilities completed in 1986. The Center includes 26,000 net usable square feet of laboratory, classroom, office, and library space. Eight laboratories are equipped with running sea water. Six additional laboratories are reserved for dry applications and instrumentation and are used for both research and teaching. A network of micro-computers and peripherals link users throughout the Center. Access to mainframe computers on the campuses of Consortium member institutions is provided via a T1 link.
Dormitory rooms and five apartments provide housing for up to 80 persons and are available for use by students, visiting investigators, and instructors. A cafeteria/ general meeting room is situated in the center of the complex, linking the housing and research/instructional spaces. A 99-seat auditorium facilitates teaching activities, presentation of seminars, and the convening of conferences.