The 50-foot R/V Gulf Challenger is the flagship of the UNH Marine Program.
R/V Gulf Surveyor is a state-of-the-art platform for hydrographic research, and the newest addition to the UNH SMSOE fleet.
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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 fields 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.
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.
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
At present, the research programs at Jackson Estuarine Laboratory can be broadly grouped into Coastal Geology, Seafloor Ecology, Seagrass Ecology, Tidal Marsh Ecology, Environmental Microbiology and Toxicology, Aquaculture and Seaweed Ecology.