URI’s Narragansett Bay Campus consists of approximately 20 URI buildings that contain a mix of offices, research labs, classrooms, and meeting spaces. There is a total of roughly 300,000 square feet of built space, about half of which is contained in six major buildings: Horn Laboratory, South Laboratory, Watkins Laboratory, Center for Atmospheric Chemistry Studies, Coastal Institute, and Ocean Science and Exploration Center which houses administrative offices for the Dean of the Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO), the Claiborne Pell Marine Science Library, the National Sea Grant Library, and the Inner Space Center.
Other notable features of the Narragansett Bay Campus include a facility that provides continuous running seawater to the Ann Gall Durbin Marine Research Aquarium, Ark Annex to the Aquarium, and Luther Blount Aquaculture Laboratory; the Equipment Development Lab, which provides design, fabrication, and test capabilities for scientists; a large geological samples storage facility; a dock for the R/V Endeavor and a small boat facility; and numerous specialized research facilities for physical and numerical modeling of large-scale ocean circulation or earth mantle behavior.
In addition, the URI Department of Ocean Engineering is located on the campus, with federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) laboratories bordering on the north. The Narragansett Bay Campus also serves as homeport for GSO’s research vessel, R/V Endeavor, with a pier located along the campus waterfront. The R/V Endeavor pier allows for efficient staging of cruises and easy access to the open ocean, only a few miles south of the campus.
In total, nearly 300 faculty, marine research scientists, graduate students, and administrative, professional, technical, and support staff comprise the GSO community at the Narragansett Bay Campus.
Facilities on the Bay Campus that provide services for the broader community include:
- The Pell Marine Sciences Library, which houses over 66 thousand volumes, including books, journals theses, maps, atlases, digital media, and a special collections area for rare books. The Pell Library also features spectacular views of Narragansett Bay.
- A number of research laboratories that can provide analytical services on a per sample basis or by arrangement.
- A large seawater facility and aquarium and science facilities.
Bay Campus Amenities
Featuring a unique selection of marine and environmental books and field guides, educational resources for teachers and educators, educational games and toys, and marine jewelry, art, and clothing, the Coastal Institute Bookstore is located just inside the entrance of the Coastal Institute Visitor Center.
The current Pell Marine Sciences Library is on the top floor of the Ocean Science and Exploration Center, which was built in 2009. The Pell Library houses more than 66 thousand volumes, including books, journals, theses, maps, atlases, digital media, and a special collections area for rare books.
The GSO Physical Oceanography facilities have a machine shop, electronics engineers, and a marine technician support group.
The Marine Geological Samples Laboratory (MGSL) of the Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO), University of Rhode Island serves as the central repository for dredge rocks, deep-sea cores, and land-based geological samples collected by the Marine Geology and Geophysics group at GSO/URI.
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.