The Marine Science Research Institute at Jacksonville University is part of a planned complex focusing on the St. Johns River. The goal of the university in establishing this institute; to provide a premier biological and environmental research and education facility. The institute will partner with Terry Parker High School to offer a career academy focused on marine environmental sciences. The MSRI will also house the St. Johns Riverkeeper, the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission Northeastern Fisheries Laboratory, and the Millar Wilson Laboratory for Environmental Chemistry. The MSRI is Gold Certification as a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) under the U.S. Green Building Council.
The Institute serves as an on-campus learning community providing research opportunities for JU students, visiting high school and college students, scholars, scientists and engineers engaged in research involving local, state, and national ecosystems. All these individuals and groups are afforded opportunities for hands-on research on environmental and ecological issues confronting the St. Johns River as well as gathering information on the life, history and current condition of the river itself. Since the St. Johns, the adjacent wetlands and the nearby Atlantic coastal waters share a kinship of environmental science concerns and issues with similar ecosystems nationwide, the knowledge gained from the research work accomplished at JU will have a national benefit.
Jacksonville University Marine Science Research Institute will be the premier interdisciplinary educational and research facility in northeast Florida focusing on the St. Johns River and the freshwater, estuarine and marine environments. The institute will operate in an energy efficient and environmentally responsible manner.
The mission of the Jacksonville University Marine Science Research Institute (MSRI) is to provide outstanding teaching and high-quality research opportunities for students, faculty and other researchers on issues related to the St. Johns River and the aquatic environments. These can include aquatic, estuarine and oceanographic studies, coastal and coral reef ecology, public awareness and attitude research, and economic analysis along with environmental policy, management and education. By employing energy and water conservation, the Institute will be an example of an environmentally sensitive facility. The MSRI will lead education, research and public awareness outreach programs that will improve and promote economic and environmental sustainability through its facilities and operating policies.