LUMCON's MIE Students Traverse Blue Water Aboard the R/V Pelican in Search of Natural Treasures
June 26, 2013
Last week, eleven Marine Invertebrate Ecology students boarded the R/V Pelican for a twenty-four hour invertebrate collecting trip in the northern Gulf of Mexico. The undergraduate students were from McNeese State University, Nicholls State University, Tulane University and the University of New Orleans, and their instructor, Dr. Allyse Ferrara from Nicholls State University. They were also accompanied by Ms. Nicole Cotten (University Education Coordinator), and the very generous crew of the R/V Pelican.
For most students, the expedition was their first experience to venture away from the muddy waters of the coast to see blue water. The trip began with a couple of trawls, a dredge and became even more exciting when the boat drifted into a mat of floating Sargassum (a golden brown seaweed that most fishermen look for in blue water). The students collected many different taxa of invertebrates for their class collection for study and will take the experience with them as they embark on their careers as marine scientists.