SMAST has two facilities located in New Bedford, MA. Research is conducted at the school's two-story, 32,000-sq.-ft. building located at 706 S. Rodney French Blvd. as well as the 64,000-sq.-ft. facility at 836 S. Rodney French Blvd. with docking facilities on Clark's Cove, Buzzards Bay.
Facilities include classrooms equipped for video conferencing and distance learning, state-of-the-art research laboratories, and a greenhouse for the growth and long-term maintenance of aquatic photosynthetic organisms under natural light.
SMAST West Seawater Lab
The 2,200-square-feet, SMAST West Seawater Lab contains temperature-controlled rooms for long-term behavioral and physiological experiments and acclimation of marine organisms for culture and reproduction as well as a docking pier extended into Clark's Cove.
SMAST East Seawater Lab
The 6,000-square-feet, SMAST East Seawater Lab is designed to allow scientists the ability to conduct multiple experiments simultaneously and is configured with the flexibility to accommodate faculty members’ research needs.
Acoustic-Optic Test Tank
SMAST's 90,000-gallon Acoustic-Optic Test Tank is designed for the development and testing of underwater measurement concepts and devices, and as a resource for local academic, government, and industrial researchers and product developers.
SMAST Biodegradability Lab
The Biodegradability Laboratory at SMAST is a state-of-the-art research and product development facility. Opened in 2022, the Biodegradability Lab is designed to study the biological breakdown of plastics in natural environments, and provide businesses with a space to test sustainable products and materials.
- Autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) are used to measure temperature, salinity, oxygen, and other parameters as they ply the oceans, sometimes for weeks.
- Coastal radar measures surface waves on fishing grounds hundreds of kilometers offshore.
- A dedicated supercomputer performs modeling runs of ocean and climate scenarios that represent years of real-time.
- Seafloor video equipment surveys the entire Northwest Atlantic sea scallop resource.
- Estuarine and ocean equipment take samples from the marine environment that are analyzed ashore by mass spectrometers and an array of auxiliary instrumentation.
Department of Estuarine and Ocean Sciences
- Biogeochemical Particle Flux and Sedimentation Group
- Coastal Systems Program
- Isotope Biogeochemistry Group
- Marine Turbulence Lab
- Ocean Mixing and Stirring Group
- Ocean Observation Lab
- Oceanographic Modeling and Analysis Lab
- Oceanographic Remote Sensing Lab