Facilities for Teaching, Training, and Research
BUMP’s approach to learning emphasizes active student participation in all phases of scientific discovery.
To enable their own research, BUMP students have access to extensive research facilities within the Departments of Biology, Earth Sciences, and Geography & Environment. In addition, our Marine Semester students enjoy 24/7 access to the Marine Research Teaching Lab, a state-of-the-art lab equipped to study animal physiology and behavior, biogeochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology, genetics, and genomics. The heart of the laboratory is an advanced aquarium system that houses dozens of marine species on a permanent basis, with a special emphasis on the two ecosystems under intensive study by BUMP students: the coastal waters of Massachusetts and the Belizean barrier reef. Our full-time aquarist, formerly of the New England Aquarium, will work with students to accommodate new species for individual research projects; in the past, this has included giant clams, cuttlefish, octopuses, and archer fish.
The Department of Earth Sciences (675 Commonwealth Avenue) gives students access to field and laboratory equipment and facilities for conducting coastal, geological, and biogeochemical research.
Through the Department of Geography & Environment (675 Commonwealth Avenue), student have access to computer-based research facilities equipped with the lastest software to run geographic information systems (GIS) for conservation management and marine landscape ecology.