– Our Facility –

For Scientists

DEI is adjacent to Western Bay and overlooks a pristine shoreline and coast with Cadillac Mountain 40 miles to the west visible on all but the foggiest days.  The deep water, rocky shore, and dozens of nearby islands create, perhaps, the most ideal place in the northeast U.S. to conduct coldwater marine research due to the lack of any industrial or residential inputs such as nitrogen, phosphates, and other nutrients that, in many other coastal locations, contribute to eutrophic conditions. In addition, the area hosts twice-daily tides that expose the most expansive flats and rocky shores on the eastern seaboard.

DEI’s rocky shoreline and intertidal is a perfect location for field studies. Photo by Chris Cary of the NEOC.

DEI’s marine laboratory serves the research interests of scientists who are interested in learning about and understanding the relationships between marine organisms and their environment. The Institute’s pristine, coldwater location, unique oceanographic features, and state-of-the-art venue provides exceptional capacity for scientists and their teams.

DEI has the following laboratories available for use:

Three Dry Laboratories:

  • Sample Processing Lab: Scientists will use this room to examine live and preserved samples taken from the field or in the seawater laboratory.
  • Dry Lab: For using scientific equipment like balances, microscopes, and thermal cyclers.
  • Clean Lab:For using special equipment likecentrifuges and freezers.

Two Wet Laboratories:

Both are equipped with running seawater.

  • Ecology Seawater Lab: The largest lab of the new labs (1,000 sq. ft. ) will be used for behavioral and pre-field studies. It holds multiple tanks of varying sizes, along with seawater and air drop downs.
  • Business Incubator: A private area (300 sq. ft.; with room for tanks of various sizes) for use by entrepreneurs to develop new seafood ideas and initiatives.

Three Climate Controlled Laboratories:

Allows control of seawater temperatures to examine the effects of global climate change on marine species (80 sq. ft. each).

  • Quarantine Lab: Used to conduct research on invasive species, it is equipped with a system that charges water with chlorine to kill and flush out non-native species.
  • Climate Control Lab: For research on the effects of varying seawater temperature on marine organisms. Temperatures can be adjusted between 34° and 85° F.
  • Ocean Acidification Lab: This lab allows for setting at a particular pH or saturation state of calcium or aragonite to determine how those levels affect shell formation in shellfish.

Click here to view a floor plan of our main facility.

In addition, DEI has two research mesocosms (tidal impoundments).

Accommodations are available for rent at DEI’s residence hall.

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