Marine Science Research Facility

A world class research facility on Narragansett Bay

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Cutting-edge equipment, unparalleled location

The Marine Science Research Facility (MSRF) is located at the University of Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay Campus and serves as a platform for experiential learning, undergraduate and graduate student training, research, and outreach.

Uniquely positioned at the interface between Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island Sound, the facility offers direct access to flowing seawater — raw, filtered, heated, or chilled. The MSRF boasts state-of-the-art laboratories for chemical analyses, and sample preparation for molecular, ecological and physiological research, as well as equipment and wet lab venues for rearing and maintaining a variety of marine organisms.

Combining the MSRF with URI vessels provides researchers with opportunities of vertical integration to collect organisms at sea, to hold them and conduct experiments in the wet labs, and immediately process samples in the analytical laboratories. Investigators can conveniently study marine life under conditions ranging from polar to tropical environments or conditions resulting from global climate change.

The MSRF is available to students, staff, and faculty at URI, as well as researchers from RI NSF EPSCoR institutions. Researchers and teachers from around the region also are invited to use the MSRF’s resources. Experienced staff can provide technical and analytical support covering a broad spectrum of research topics.

Please contact us for detailed information on sample preparation and analysis, training, equipment use, services, and any associated fees. Seawater facilities — Edward Baker | analytical laboratories — Rodrigue Spinette


Acknowledgement of Support

nsf-plain-blueThe MSRF acknowledges the support of the National Science Foundation (EPSCoR Grant No. 0554548 & EPS-1004057), and the University of Rhode Island. Please include this statement when acknowledging use of the MSRF:

“This research is based upon work conducted using the Marine Science Research Facility, which is supported in part by the National Science Foundation under EPSCoR Grants Nos. 0554548 & EPS-1004057.

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