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The School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST), the marine campus of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, offers the MS and PhD degrees, a Professional Science Master's (PSM) degree, and a Dual PhD Degree Program jointly with the Oceanographic Institute of the University of São Paulo, Brazil.

Aerial photo of SMAST building with full pier


Scientists at SMAST conduct research in:

  • biogeochemical cycling
  • coastal ecosystem dynamics and restoration
  • computational modeling
  • fisheries science and management
  • marine renewable energy
  • ocean observing/remote sensing
  • ocean physics

Research is conducted  at two sites: (1) at the school's two-story, 32,000-square-foot New Bedford building, with docking facilities on Clark's Cove,  Buzzards Bay, and (2) across the harbor in Fairhaven at the AT&T building.  Facilities include:

  • A 90,000-gallon acousto-optic test tank designed for development and testing of underwater measurement concepts and devices, and as a resource for local academic, government, and industrial researchers and product developers.
  • A seawater room of nearly 2000 square feet with plentiful raw, filtered, heated or chilled seawater.
  • A greenhouse for the growth and long-term maintenance of aquatic photosynthetic organisms under natural light.
  • Three temperature-controlled rooms for long-term behavioral and physiological experiments and acclimation of marine organisms for culture and reproduction.
  • Fifteen research laboratories.
  • The R/V Lucky Lady, a 50-foot, diesel-powered research boat.

The focus at SMAST is on interdisciplinary basic-to-applied marine sciences and the development of related innovative technologies. In addition to the scholarly marine science and technology communities, the SMAST mission also emphasizes interaction with regional industry, and government and non-governmental agencies on compelling regional marine-related issues and technological development.