Scientists and students at SMAST pursue a range of leading-edge research projects, both independently and in collaboration with some of the most highly regarded oceanographic institutions. The Massachusetts Marine Fisheries Institute fosters a cooperative working relationship among scientists, government, fishermen, and environmentalists.
Nearly all full-time students are supported by external research funds, and new assistantships are regularly available. We cultivate a combined emphasis on curiosity-driven and societal need-driven research and learning in an interdisciplinary environment that involves observations, modeling, experimentation, and theory. Research particulars are available on our inventory of SMAST laboratories below, arranged by major research themes.
SMAST investigators pursue cutting-edge research affecting the current and future wellbeing of the environment and humans.
- Biogeochemical Particle Flux and Sedimentation Group
- Isotope Biogeochemistry Group
- Marine Ecosystem Science
Coastal Ecosystem Dynamics and Restoration
- Computational Methods Laboratory
- Marine Ecosystem Dynamics Modeling Laboratory
- Oceanographic Modeling and Analysis Laboratory
- Biological Oceanography – Plankton Ecology
- Fay Laboratory
- Fish Behavior and Conservation Engineering
- Fisheries Biology and Assessment Laboratory
- Marine Finfish Dynamics Research Group
- Marine Fisheries Field Research Group
Marine Renewable Energy
Ocean Observing/Remote Sensing
- Coastal Engineering and Fluid Mechanics
- Marine Turbulence Laboratory
- Ocean Mixing and Stirring Group
- Upper Ocean Dynamics
MFI fosters a cooperative working relationship among scientists, government, fishermen, and environmentalists.