Marine Science Research Institute


Overall Project

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified Marine Science Research Institute is part of a planned complex focusing on the St. Johns River. The goal of the university in establishing the new institute is to provide a premier biological and environmental research and education facility for undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty. The institute will partner with area schools, both public and private, to offer educational opportunities focused on marine environmental sciences to pre-college students. The MSRI houses the St. Johns Riverkeeper, the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission Northeastern Fisheries Laboratory, the Millar Wilson Laboratory for Environmental Chemistry and OCEARCH.

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. 

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