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Forty Years of Marine Biology at Roger Williams

Originally a small academic program at a bayside campus in Bristol, the Marine Biology major now boasts not only an outstanding record of hands-on undergraduate education, but an array of public programs such as the thriving Oyster Gardening initiative, partnerships with the New England Aquarium and the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, among others.
The University’s facilities have also expanded exponentially. Marine Biology is now housed in the state-of-the-art Marine and Natural Sciences (MNS) Building located just a few hundred yards from Mount Hope Bay. The building is complete with a 3,000-square-foot wet lab, a greenhouse, and a vast array of scientific equipment ranging from plankton nets to a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer. RWU is also home to the state’s only shellfish hatchery and a recently-opened aquatic diagnostic lab.
As part of the partnership with the New England Aquarium, the University offers an innovative major in Aquaculture and Aquarium Science, providing faculty and student research opportunities both on campus in our renowned tropical marine ornamental program and through the aquarium.
Collaboration between students and faculty has led to numerous articles, publications and presentations. Students are encouraged to join an ongoing research project in areas that include biological oceanography, coastal and wetland studies, marine environmental physiology and marine biotechnology and aquaculture.

Past Event: September 25, 2013


Marine Biologist Sylvia Earle Visits RWU

Renowned marine biologist and Time magazine's first Hero for the Planet.

"My wish is that you will use all means at your disposal … to ignite public support for a global network of marine protected areas, hope spots large enough to save and restore the ocean, the blue heart of the planet.”

—Sylvia Earle’s 2009 TED Prize Wish

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