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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For 2021, we are excited to have two more Ocean Reflection papers. Dr. Paul Montagna retired from the Endowed Chair for Ecosystem Studies and Modeling and is now the Chair for Hydroecology at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. His research focuses on two major themes: effects of freshwater inflow on estuaries, and effects of offshore oil & gas activities on continental shelves and the deep sea. Dr. Montagna’s contribution will be titled “How Benthic Ecology Contributed to Managing Freshwater Inflow to Estuaries.”

Dr. Nancy N. Rabalais was the executive director of LUMCON from 2005-2016, where she was also a professor. In 2016, she became a Professor/ Endowed Chair in Oceanography/ Wetland Studies at Louisiana State University (LSU), where she is still employed. Dr. Rabalais’s contribution will be titled “Elevating Dissolved Oxygen—Reflections on Developing and Using Long-Term Data.”

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 32, Issue 1 (2021)



Anthropogenic Sound in the Sea: Are Ascidians Affected?
Kristine N. White, Louis J. Ambrosio, and Christa Edwards

Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute Partnership


Oldest Indo-Pacific Lionfish (Pterois volitans/P. miles) Recorded From the Northwestern Gulf of Mexico
Raven D. Blakeway, Alexander Q. Fogg, and Glenn A. Jones

Available as Open Access