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School for Marine Science & Technology (SMAST) facilities‌

smast directions new bedfordFacilities are located in New Bedford, MA. Research is conducted at the school's two-story, 32,000-square-foot New Bedford building located at 706 S. Rodney French Boulevard as well as the 64,000-square-foot facility at 836 S. Rodney French Boulevard with docking facilities on Clark's Cove, Buzzards Bay. Both facilities include classrooms, labs, and offices for faculty, staff, and students. 


Optic Acoustic Test Tank
  • 90,000-gallon underwater optic, acoustic and under water vehicle test tank.
  • 6,000-square-feet seawater lab at SMAST East, which includes a large flume tank and enhanced automated features provide state-of-the-art remote operation and control capacities.
  • 2,200 square-foot seawater research lab at SMAST West, which contains plentiful raw, filtered, heated or chilled seawater.
  • Greenhouse for the growth and long-term maintenance of aquatic photosynthetic organisms under natural light.
  • Temperature-controlled rooms for long-term behavioral and physiological experiments and acclimation of marine organisms for culture and reproduction.
  • State-of-the art research laboratories.
  • Classrooms equipped for video conferencing and distance learning.
  • SMAST research vessel Lucky LadyLucky Lady Research Vessel, a 50-foot, diesel-powered research boat with winch and wire for sampling.
  • Docking pier extended into Clark's Cove, permitting the loading and unloading of vessels and shallow-water sampling, and housing the pumping station that supplies water to the seawater research lab.

Contact us

  • For questions about facilities, contact Eric Lyonnais, Facilities Manager, at 508-910-6304 or
  • For questions about the seawater labs, contact Forrest Kennedy, Seawater Lab Manager, at

Labs, research groups, & other facilitiesFishing Boat

  • Unmanned underwater vehicles are used to measure temperature, salinity, oxygen and other parameters as they ply the oceans, sometimes for weeks per mission. ‌
  • Coastal radar measures surface waves on fishing grounds hundreds of kilometers off shore.
  • A dedicated supercomputer performs modeling runs of ocean and climate scenarios that represent years of real time.
  • Sea floor 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. 

Explore SMAST's labs and research groups

Photos courtesy Alexey Sergeev