Facilities

We are dedicated to transforming science into actions that increase the resiliency of communities and environments. Using collaborative principles and techniques, we build the capacity of research teams, public agencies, municipalities, nonprofits, and businesses to fund, conduct, and use credible, relevant science to address critical community challenges now, and in the future.
Jackson Estuarine Laboratory (JEL) is located five miles from the Durham campus on the shores of Great Bay Estuary, one of the largest estuaries in northern New England. JEL features well-equipped facilities where scientists conduct field-based and experimental research on physical and biological components of coastal ecosystems.
The Judd Gregg Marine Science Complex supports research relating to marine life in the Gulf of Maine in areas ranging from ocean acidification to population biology.  Its modern lab space features both flow-through and recirculating seawater in experimental enclosures ranging from 20 to 2,000 gallons per tank.  These projects help New England’s resource managers make sound decisions.
Class lecture held on the rocks of the Appledore Island at the Shoals Marine Laboratory.
The Shoals Marine Laboratory (SML) is located on the Gulf of Maine’s Appledore Island, six miles off the coast of Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  The field station caters to undergraduate students interested in focusing on marine topics in their college majors.  The largest facility of its kind in the world, SML is operated jointly by UNH and Cornell University.
The Anadromous Fish and Aquatic Invertebrate Research Laboratory (AFAIR Lab) provides laboratory research space for the study of anadromous (freshwater/marine) fish and for the study of living organisms, both at the ecological and molecular levels. Since it was established in 1984, this lab provides researchers with space for the study of marine/freshwater fish and aquatic invertebrates.
RV Gulf Challenger
The 50-foot R/V Gulf Challenger is the flagship of the UNH Marine Program.
The R/V Coastal Surveyor is a 40-foot research vessel designed specifically for coastal multibeam hydrography.  Operated mostly in the waters off Portsmouth, New Hampshir
Small Boat Fleet at Jackson Estuarine Laboratory
A majority of the UNH small boat fleet is located at the Jackson Estuarine Laboratory (JEL) and the Judd Gregg Marine Research Complex.
Benthos MiniROVER MKII