Office of Coastal Support


With its proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, the Atchafalaya Basin, the Barataria-Terrebonne estuary, and its service to local communities of the region, Nicholls State University has seen first-hand, how Louisiana’s waterways affect everyday life and culture. The campus understands the necessity for coastal research to be at the forefront of campus activity. Given these unique circumstances and its physical location, Nicholls has a unique opportunity to serve the state as an epicenter for coastal and estuarine efforts through research, education, and outreach.


The Coastal Center
Future Site:  Corner of Acadia and Ardoyne Drive

Bayou Region Incubator
For more information, contact:
Lacey Crochet, Special Projects and Outreach Specialist
Phone: 985-448-4060

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 2191
Thibodaux, LA 70310

The Center for Bayou Studies
Dr. Gary LaFleur
Ellender Memorial Library, Room 138
Phone: 985-448-4664
Fax: 985-448-4664

Nicholls Farm
104 Thoroughbred Drive
Thibodaux, LA 70301


The Office of Coastal Initiatives leads, administers, and manages the activities of Nicholls State University in
science, engineering, education, and service that address issues of the Louisiana Gulf Coast as well as its bayou
estuaries and communities.


An eminent center for creation, development, and application of evidence-based, critically conceived solutions
to coastal issues.


The goals of the Office of Coastal Initiatives are:

  • To serve as the coordinating hub for coastal activities of the university and its collaborators and partners.
  • To build and support the Nicholls Coastal Center in partnership with the Coastal Protection and
    Restoration Authority (CPRA) and other partners.
  • To coordinate and facilitate activities of university properties associated with coastal activities, including
    the University Farm, the Fourchon Camp, the Chauvin Gardens, Babington House, and the Coastal
    Business Incubator.
  • To represent the university in collaborations with CPRA, the Water Institute, the South Louisiana
    Maritime campus, the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, and other partnerships.
  • To provide a workplace that supports outstanding teaching, research, and services to students, the
    university, and coastal and estuarine communities.
  • To provide a supportive educational and research environment for university and visiting students that
    promotes development of their talents and creativity, drives them to earning a degree, and prepares them
    for careers focused on addressing coastal issues.


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John P. Doucet, Ph.D.
Director of Coastal Initiatives
Dean, College of Sciences and Technology

Alcee Fortier Distinguished Professor
McIlhenny Professor of Human and Environmental Genetics

phone:  (985) 448-4721
fax:    (985) 448-4927

P.O. Box 2020, Thibodaux, LA 70310 USA
149 Sciences & Technology Building

Jenny M. Schexnayder
Coastal Program Manger

Office of Coastal Support
135 Peltier Hall
Thibodaux, LA 70301
phone: 985-448-4442