The School for Marine Science and Technology, SMAST is the marine campus of the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. The school offers MS and PhD degrees, a Professional Science Master's (PSM) degree, and a Dual PhD Degree Program jointly with the Oceanographic Institute of the University of São Paulo, Brazil.
SMAST conducts research in biogeochemical cycling, coastal ecosystem dynamics and restoration, computational modeling, fisheries science and management, marine renewable energy, ocean observing/remote sensing and ocean physics.
Research is conducted at two sites: the school's two-story, 32,000-square-foot New Bedford building, with docking facilities on Clark's Cove, Buzzards Bay; and across the harbor in Fairhaven at the AT&T building. Facilities include 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 2,000 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; and the R/V Lucky Lady, a 50-foot, diesel-powered research boat.
The focus at SMAST is on interdisciplinary basic-to-applied marine sciences and the development of related innovative technologies. In addition to the scholarly marine science and technology communities, the SMAST mission also emphasizes interaction with regional industry, and government and non-governmental agencies on compelling regional marine-related issues and technological development.
SMAST investigators pursue research in biogeochemical cycling, coastal ecosystem dynamics and restoration, computational modeling, fisheries science, marine renewable energy, ocean observing/remote sensing, and ocean physics.
SMAST has two main departments, the Department of Estuarine and Ocean Sciences (DEOS) and the Department of Fisheries Oceanography (DFO). In the Department of Estuarine and Ocean Sciences (DEOS) we focus on interdisciplinary basic to applied marine sciences and the development of related innovative technologies.
In addition to the scholarly marine science and technology communities, the SMAST mission also emphasizes interaction with regional industry, government and non-governmental agencies on compelling regional marine-related issues and technological development.
The main mission of the Department of Fisheries Oceanography is the delivery of quality education and conduct of cutting-edge research in the interdisciplinary sciences related to the interactions between marine organisms and the marine environment. Research approaches employed include field exploration, laboratory experiments, theoretical research and modeling, and our students are fully involved in all these aspects.
As of 2010, New Bedford has reigned for ten years as the number one fishing port in the country in terms of value of landings, and cooperative research with the fishing industry is critical to the work of DFO at SMAST. Cooperative research enriches our work with the knowledge and perspective of the fishermen, alerts us to issues important to the health of the industry and the stocks, and enhances our ability to collect high quality data. For example, the scallop industry has worked extensively with the DFO to develop the world's largest video survey data-base of the sea scallop resource, and this research has been used in every management plan since 1999. Cooperative research occurs throughout the DFO in the industry-based annual sea scallop video survey, fishing gear research and design, socio-economic investigations, and research on species such as cod, herring, yellowtail flounder, winter flounder, and monkfish.
Our purpose is to train scientists in the techniques and theory of fisheries oceanography, with emphasis on stock assessment, population dynamics, physical and biological interaction and ecosystem modeling. Both MS and PhD programs address the growing need for marine scientists in federal and state agencies, academic institutions, and industry.