Field Station photo courtesy of Gina Petruzzelli

Rutgers University Marine Field Station


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.

Please use the links above to learn more about the facilities and research here at RUMFS!

What's New at RUMFS?


  • Visiting scientists looking to conduct short-term research at RUMFS during 2016 and 2017 may apply for a Visiting Scientist Award.
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  • Goals & Objectives

    The major goal of RUMFS, and the parent institution, the Rutgers University Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences (DMCS), is to create a corridor for research, from the upper reaches of the Mullica River drainage basin, down through the Great Bay estuary, to the inner continental shelf.

    Much of the current activity by resident scientists at RUMFS is focused on the life history and ecology of fishes, with special emphasis on the role of habitat as it affects recruitment success for the dominant species in the estuary and on the continental shelf. Much of the emphasis is on the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve (JCNERR) at Mullica River-Great Bay.

    In order to improve our ability to manage fish resources in the Middle Atlantic Bight, it is necessary to enhance our understanding of the life history of fishes. We aim to do this through the following objectives:

    Using the relatively unimpacted JCNERR as a baseline, Enhance understanding of the life history of fishes, with emphasis on fish habitat ecology

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