COCODRIE, La — This past weekend, the Nicholls hosted the 16th annual Calypseaux Expedition at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON).
Each year, the Calypseaux Expedition introduces new students to the coast of the Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary System and engages them in collaborative research projects with the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium. The event has become a valued tradition at Nicholls and LUMCON as it offers incoming students a deep dive into the unique culture, ecosystem and the impressive academic legacy of the marine and environmental biology research at Nicholls.
Throughout the weekend, students planted mangrove seedlings that had been grown at the Nicholls Farm on Raccoon Island, harvest mangroves on Whiskey Island to create new plants and visited what is left of Wine Island, where coastal land loss has reduced the former pelican nesting colony to a thin sliver of sand. They also attended seminars held by students, faculty and alumni of Nicholls and LUMCON.
The trip also includes a first-hand experience of Cajun culture. The group shared in camaraderie with local Cocodrie villagers at Lapeyrouse Seafood Grocery and Cecil Lapeyrouse Grocery.
Please credit all photos to Dr. Gary LaFleur, associate professor of biological sciences and director of The Center for Bayou Studies.