Judd Gregg Marine Research Complex

The Judd Gregg Marine Science Complex is located 15 miles from the Durham campus at the mouth of Portsmouth Harbor in New Castle, N.H.  The Complex includes the Coastal Marine Laboratory (CML), the UNH Marine Research Pier and the Pier Support Facility.  The facility gives faculty and students access to the open waters of the Gulf of Maine and to laboratories with full-strength sea water capabilities.  UNH faculty travel to the facility, which has a resident support staff, including boat captains and crew.  Graduate and undergraduate students from UNH use the facility to pursue thesis work and participate in faculty research.


David Shay, Assistant Director for Marine Facilities and Operations
Email: dave.shay@unh.edu
Phone: (603) 862-5127


29 Wentworth Road
New Castle, NH 03854

The Marine Research Pier is a 325-foot research pier provides essential berth space for the UNH fleet, including the R/V Gulf Challenger, R/V Gulf Surveyor, R/V Cocheco, NOAA's hydrographic research vessel, the Ferdinand R.  Hassler, and a number of smaller research vessels on a floating dock system.  This facility also provides access to experimental enclosures under the fixed pier. 

The Pier Support Facility comprises offices, specialized fabrication and repair areas, storage space, and equipment for pier and lab activities.  The facility contains space for the UNH diving program, including an air compressor room, SCUBA fill station, lockers and showers for UNH research and student divers.

FROM THE WEST: Take 101 East to Stratham to the 108 North Exit. Turn left at the light at the bottom of the ramp onto Route 108 North to the Stratham Circle, and then take Route 33 East.

(*) Continue on Route 33 approximately one mile. On your right hand side you will see Calvary Cemetery. Turn right at the stop light onto Peverly Hill Road.  Go approximately one mile to Route One.  Market Basket will be on your right. Proceed across Route One (go straight) onto Elwyn Road.

(**) Follow Elwyn Road 1 ¼ mile to Foyes Corner (round about) and proceed ¾ of the way around onto Sagamore Road (1A). Go for approximately ½ mile to Wentworth Road (1B). Turn right onto Wentworth Road (1B). Pass the Wentworth by the Sea Golf Course on your right hand side. Continue on past Little Harbor, the marina and the “Wentworth by the Sea” hotel for approximately 1 mile. At this point the main road takes a sharp 90 degree turn to the left - GO STRAIGHT. You will see signs for Fort Constitution and the Coast Guard. Turn right at the Large Coast Guard sign. Please note: The speed limit in New Castle is 25 mph and is enforced.

FROM THE SOUTH: Route 95N, Exit 3 (Route 33, Portsmouth) go right off the Exit and follow directions above from the (*).

FROM THE NORTH: Route 95S Exit 5, Portsmouth Circle. Take Route 1 South out of the Portsmouth Circle. When you reach the lights with a strip mall and Market Basket on the right, turn left onto Elwyn Road and follow directions above from (**).