Marine Science Research Facility

A world class research facility on Narragansett Bay

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 scientific research, undergraduate and graduate student training, experiential learning and outreach. The MSRF boasts state-of-the-art laboratories for rearing and maintaining a variety of marine organisms and perform chemical, physical and molecular analysis of samples.

Highlights of the analytical laboratories at the MSRF include instruments focused on particle analysis (flow cytometry, cell sorting, Coulter counter), particle and cell imaging (flowCAM, epifluorescence microscope, dissecting microscope), chemical analysis (Lachat nutrient analyzer, dissolved gas analysis using MIMS), and molecular biology (PCR, quantitative PCR, plate reader, Nanodrop, Qubit).

The MSRF offers multiple platforms to culture and incubate organisms. In our collection are several walk-in environmental chambers as well as upright incubators that can be adjusted to a wide range of light and temperature conditions.

Uniquely positioned at the interface between Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island Sound, the MSRF offers direct access to flowing seawater which can be raw, filtered, heated, or chilled. With convenient boat access at our doorstep for the RV Endeavor and other research vessels, researchers using the MSRF can vertically integrate their work from collecting organisms at sea, to holding them and conducting experiments in the wet labs, and immediately processing samples in the analytical laboratories.

The MSRF facilities and instruments are available to researchers from URI as well other institutions affiliated with the RI NSF EPSCoR program. Use of some instruments are subject to a fee. A limited range of services is also available to outside researchers (contact us for details). 

Our experienced staff can provide technical and analytical support covering a broad spectrum of research topics.

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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