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LU joins Gulf Coast Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit

Lamar University was recently accepted into the Gulf Coast Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (GC-CESU), a network designed to encourage educational opportunities and provide a platform for partners to coordinate research.

 “The GC-CESU gives Lamar faculty and students the ability to get involved with research at a lower cost which enables us to be more competitive for research grants,” said Paul Nicoletto, chair of the biology department.

Established in August 2002, the GC-CESU is a partnership among federal agencies, universities, and other non-governmental organizations that are committed to studying the human and natural environment across the region and beyond. The GC-CESU is a part of the national CESU network which covers 17 biogeographic regions across the U.S.

The Lamar University Office of Research and Sponsored Programs Administration (ORSPA) pursued application to obtain full membership in the unit to enhance research and technical assistance and increase collaboration opportunities.

“The science department is all about research so our acceptance into GC-CESU is wonderful,” said Nicoletto. “The GC-CESU gives Lamar faculty and students greater access to grants which enables us to participate in more research. Furthermore, this is a great opportunity for Lamar to work in conjunction with federal agencies in research.”

Lamar is now one of approximately 38 university members and 100 federal agency members who benefit from improved access to federal resources to conduct projects of mutual interest.

For more information on the Gulf Coast Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit, visit