The Coastal Center


Louisiana's Coastal University

Providing scientific and engineering solutions for Louisiana’s Coast & the next generation of coastal scientists and stewards.


The Coastal Center at Nicholls State University supports and pursues protection, restoration, and adaptation efforts through science-based research and solutions within Louisiana’s dynamic coastal region.


A living, working, and resilient coast.


The Coastal Center at Nicholls State University shall:

  • advance scientific research and solutions to restore, protect, and sustain the Louisiana coast
  • develop and implement strategies to nourish, manage, and sustain the Atchafalaya and Terrebonne Basins, the Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary, and the Lafourche Delta.
  • support the efforts of and partner with local, state, and federal agencies, including Louisiana’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, to implement Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan.
  • support studies focused on culture, cohesiveness, and resilience of coastal communities
  • train new generations of coastal scientists and coastal stewards through educational programming for K-16+ students.
  • support coastal protection and restoration efforts of both professionals and volunteers through development and extension of best practices through outreach.

Our coastal campus is home to:

  • Main campus sciences & technology facilities
  • Two buildings housing biology, chemistry, geomatics, petrotech
  • Center for Bayou Studies
  • The Coastal Center (under development)
  • University Farm & Field Research Station
  • Fourchon Wisner Lease & Coastal Facility
  • Agency Residents
  • Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program
  • Restore or Retreat
  • Bayou Region Incubator (under development)
  • Coastal Technical Assistance Center

Nicholls has exemplified a longstanding commitment to the coast through education, research, and public initiatives. Beginning in 1948, with the campus’ conception, Nicholls has always had strong ties to the coast and community that has been expounded upon to this day.

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