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The UMass Dartmouth School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST) is headquartered in the port of New Bedford. The focus at SMAST is on interdisciplinary basic-to-applied marine sciences and the development of related innovative technologies.

SMAST also emphasizes interaction with industry, government and non-governmental agencies to address compelling regional marine-related issues and technological development. It works to ensure the long-term sustainability of the fishing industry.


Degrees offered


The School for Marine Science & Technology’s (SMAST) has two facilities 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.

Research interests

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

Research resources

  • 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
  • 15 research laboratories
  • The R/V Lucky Lady, a 50-foot, diesel-powered research boat


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