Facilities for Teaching, Training, and Research

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Photograph by Anton Grassl
To enable student-driven research, BU Marine Program students have access to extensive research facilities. Students conducting research or enrolled in the Marine Semester 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 Marine Program students: the coastal waters of Massachusetts and the Belizean barrier reef. Our full-time aquarist works with students to accommodate new species for individual research projects. The Department of Earth & Environment gives students access to field and laboratory equipment and facilities for conducting coastal, geological, and biogeochemical research. Students also have access to computer-based research facilities equipped with the latest software to run geographic information systems (GIS) for conservation management and marine landscape ecology. The Department of Earth & Environment gives students access to field and laboratory equipment and facilities for conducting coastal, geological, and biogeochemical research. Students also have access to computer-based research facilities equipped with the latest software to run geographic information systems (GIS) for conservation management and marine landscape ecology.