Coastal Studies Lab
Originally established in 1973 as a marine biology laboratory, UTPA-CSL concentrates on university, public education and coastal research.
Mission 1. Support graduate and undergraduate education by providing field and laboratory resources. 2. Support faculty and graduate student research. 3. Offer public education through the CSL public display area and aquariums. 4. Offer guided field trips to public school students and tour companies. 5. Enhance education outreach programs for students and teachers 6. Assist with the stranding and salvage of sea turtles and marine mammals. 7. Participate through a contractual agreement with the Texas General Land office in the implementation of the Texas Beach Watch Program.
Description The Coastal Studies Laboratory (CSL), established as a marine biology laboratory in 1973 in Isla Blanca Park on South Padre Island, was reorganized and expanded in 1985 with a concentration on University education, public education and coastal research. The CSL’s public displays contain representative species of fauna and flora from the immediate area of the Lower Laguna Madre and South Padre Island. The displays are open to the public and to organized groups by appointment. The CSL also supports classes and field trips from the University and other schools; many universities in Texas and surrounding states use the CSL facilities for field trips each year. A number of marine-oriented courses are offered at the CSL.