About the Marine Sciences Research Center
Established by the State University of New York (SUNY) Board of Trustees in March,
1965, the Marine Sciences Research Center (MSRC) was
the predecessor of today’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS). Now
subsumed within SoMAS, MSRC remains the designated locus for research, education and
outreach in the marine sciences for the entire 64-campus SUNY network. MSRC scientists
conduct research across the spectrum of disciplines that constitute the marine sciences,
including physical oceanography, fisheries science, marine biology, marine chemistry,
and geological oceanography. Much of the research conducted at MSRC is interdisciplinary,
reflecting the inherent complexities of the ocean and the interaction of processes
through which it functions. Research at MSRC is undertaken via a two-pronged approach:
first, we seek to increase our basic understanding of the oceanic ecosphere; second,
we apply these understandings to resolve environmental problems at local, national
and global scales.
Some of MSRC’s work is conducted under the auspices of one of several institutes encompassed
by the Center. The
Living Marine Resources Institute,
Groundwater Research Institute,
Waste Reduction and Management Institute
, Institute for Ocean Conservation Science and the
Coastal Ocean Strategies Institute
enhance and lend focus to the Center’s research capabilities in specific high-priority
MSRC – This Is Your Life
Google Presentation showcasing the history of MSRC as it transitioned into SoMAS,
created by Malcolm Bowman in 2007.
for additional resources relating to the Marine Sciences Research Center.
MSRC’s logo is prominently displayed in Endeavour Hall. In this picture from 1976,
former MSRC director J. R. Schubel, left, enlisted the services of his father-in-law,
Dr. Marion Hostetler, Montpelier, Ohio, in the execution of the design. The logo consists
of reduplicated circles depicting an estuary emptying into the ocean. The circle on
the left is green, representing land and vegetation, while the one on the right is
blue, representing the estuary and the sea. The logo graphically depicts MSRC’s commitment
to the coastal environment.