About the Aquatic Research Consortium

The Aquatic Research Consortium (ARC) is a collaborative effort among researchers at The University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs and Texas State University in San Marcos. The research of the Aquatic Research Consortium combines genomics and molecular toxicology to find correlations between toxicants and nutrient overload and changes in the genetic profiles of exposed estuarine organisms. The identification of such "biomarker" responses to environmental stressors such as hypoxia and chemical contaminants gives resource managers the information and tools needed for making science-based decisions.

Research associate Rachel Ryan prepares DNA from sheapshead minnows in state-of-the-art equipment at The University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in a study identifying biomarkers of hypoxia and contaminants in coastal waters.
Research associate Rachel Ryan prepares DNA from sheepshead minnows in state-of-the-art equipment at The University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in a study identifying biomarkers of hypoxia and contaminants in coastal waters.
 
Aquatic laboratory system used for exposing embryonic and larval sheepshead minnows to hypoxia, PAHs and heavy metals at the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
Aquatic laboratory system used for exposing embryonic and larval sheepshead minnows to hypoxia, PAHs and heavy metals at the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory