Field Stations

The Rutgers University Marine Field Station (RUMFS) is a field facility of the Rutgers University Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences (DMCS). It is a working lab with on-going graduate and postdoctoral level research occurring year-round. RUMFS is uniquely situated, across from the Little Egg Inlet in the Mullica River-Great Bay estuary: one of the most pristine estuaries on the east coast.

HSRL is a complex of several coastal facilities located in southern NJ dedicated to research, education, and extension in support of sustainable shellfish and finfish resources in New Jersey and around the world.  The Bivalve Lab is a full service laboratory in the center of the Delaware Bay oyster fishery.  The Cape Shore Lab sits on the extensive tidal flats of lower Delaware Bay.  The Aquaculture Innovation Center in North Cape May is a production scale facility with continuously flowing seawater. The AIC Admin Center sits on Cape May Harbor near major mid-Atlantic fisheries.  Each provides a unique and diverse set of opportunities which invite you to explore through our website or in person.


The Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve (JC NERR) is one of the 29 National Estuarine Research Reserves created to promote the responsible use and management of the nation’s estuaries through a program combining scientific research, education, and stewardship.

Analytical Facilities

The Rutgers Inorganic Analytical Laboratory (RIAL) is a leading mass spectrometry center at the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University, serving the analytical needs of researchers in a broad spectrum of scientific fields.

The Rutgers University Microbial Flow Sort Lab at the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences offers top of the line flow cytometry and high speed cell sorting capabilities. This facility hopes to offer this technology as an additional tool for researchers to expand their understanding of environmental and microbial populations.

Centers and University Wide Programs

The Rutgers University Center for Ocean Observing Leadership (RUCOOL) is creating knowledge of our ocean planet by pushing the limits of science and new technologies while inspiring future generations of ocean explorers.

The modern era of human history is a planetary era. Addressing challenges like climate change, biodiversity loss, and the perturbation of global biogeochemical cycles requires an integrated program of Earth system science that advances both the fundamental scientific understanding of our home planet and also the knowledge and perspective needed for regional and planetary environmental stewardship.