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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. Students majoring in Marine Science are also encouraged to pursue research with faculty in the program. Typically this research is done in faculty labs in the Biology and Earth & Environment departments and field sites around New England.