Gulf and Caribbean Research is a peer-reviewed, scientific journal published online by The University of Southern Mississippi and co-sponsored by the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory. The journal was originally founded in 1961 by Gordon Gunter as a publication of the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, and was titled Gulf Research Reports; that title persisted through 1999. Starting in 2000, the name was changed to Gulf and Caribbean Research to better reflect the scope of manuscripts, and the journal was published in traditional hard-copy format through 2013. After a brief hiatus involving a change to an electronic only format, the journal began accepting articles for publication in 2015. The journal considers manuscripts which deal mainly with research or research issues pertinent to the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea.

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In 2019 we will have two Ocean Reflection articles.

Dr. Brian E. LaPointe, from the Florida Atlantic University and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, is an expert in nutrients and harmful algal blooms. Dr. LaPointe’s article will be titled “Shifting Baselines: Nitrogen Enrichment, Ecological Stoichiometry, and Resilience of Gulf and Caribbean Marine Ecosystems.”

Dr. Kenneth L. Heck, Jr. from the Dauphin Island Sea Laboratory, is an expert in seagrass ecology and predator-prey interactions. Dr. Heck’s article will be entitled “Seagrass Ecosystems: A Personal Quest to Reveal Their Inner Workings.”

Open-access fees for the Ocean Reflection articles above are supported by the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, Corpus Christi, Texas.

See the Aims and Scope for a complete coverage of the journal.

Current Issue: Volume 30, Issue 1 (2019)



Gulf and Caribbean Research Expands its Digital Footprint
Mark S. Peterson and Nancy J. Brown-Peterson

Available as Open Access


Short Communications


The Potential use of Seagrass Herbivory Patterns as an Indicator of Herbivore Community Change after Tropical Marine Protected Area Establishment
John M. Carroll, Amber D. Stubler, Christopher M. Finelli, and Bradley J. Peterson

Available as Open Access