Mission, Vision, and Goals

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.

Vision Statement

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. 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.


  • Prepare students to become life-long learners as effective members of the business, civic, and government community where they function as citizen stewards who care for and understand the complex marine environment.
  • Provide an educational opportunity to the greater community about the river, ocean and other environmental resources through summer camps, lectures, public appearances by faculty and students, special events, and online resources.
  • Foster and encourage a synergistic environment where students and faculty are actively engaged in community outreach programs with other units in the university and various not-for–profit or governmental organizations
  • Participation by students and faculty in discussions that impact local, state, federal, and international policies related to the river, ocean and other environmental resource conservation and sustainability
  • Promote an active research agenda for faculty, graduate and undergraduate students with both the physical and financial resources to excel.