On-going research at LUMCON supports the process of applying knowledge to solve societal problems. LUMCON supports five resident researchers as well as research activities of visiting state and federal departments, university and college faculty, and non-profit organizations. LUMCON is situated within a dynamic coastal habitat that inspires a myriad of research questions along a freshwater to saltwater continuum. The Marine Center lies between an emerging delta to the west (Atchafalaya) and a degrading delta to the east (Mississippi), which provide opportunites for research relevant to coastal landscape change, supported ecosystems, and socially and economically important coastal communities. The combination of complex coastal processes, biogeochemical processes, and continued nutrient inputs into the coastal zone, create a natural laboratory. Diverse opportunities and challenges allow for both pure and applied research that have implications for coastal restoration, flood control, and vast living resources (oysters, shrimp, crabs, and fin fisheries). LUMCON faculty and their research teams focus on a variety of related research themes across these diverse habitats, including river/ocean interactions, coastal productivity, physical and geological coastal processes, human and environmental impacts (including the immediate and long-term impacts of the recent Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill), and organismal ecology.
All research activities (residential and visitor) are supported by a number of internal programs. The LUMCON Library is perhaps the best source of marine-related journals in the state, and on-line and interlibrary facilities are excellent. The LUMCON environmental monitoring program currently consists of 2 environmental monitoring stations. LUMCON also has extensive machine and electronic shop capabilities and staff that are available to assist in designing and constructing any equipment needed in support of research projects. LUMCON also has its own vessel operations department with a diverse fleet of research vessels including the R/V Pelican, the R/V Acadiana, and small boats that range from 14 – 30 ft, which are ideal for accessing Louisiana's marshes, swamps, rivers, coastal bays and open ocean.