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Marine Science Center

The Marine Science Center is part of the Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences. Often simply referred to as the MSC, the center is the marine research and educational facility of Northeastern University. Located on the peninsula at historic East Point in Nahant, Massachusetts, the MSC juts into the ocean just five miles north-northeast of the entrance to Boston Harbor.

Offering a pristine New England rocky shore habitat in close proximity to Boston, the MSC is a globally recognized center of marine science research and education.


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08/07/19 - BOSTON, MA. - Steven Scyphers, assistant professor of marine and environmental sciences, and student Kiera O'Donnell pose for a portrait at the Marine Science Center in Nahant on August 07, 2019. Scyphers has received a grant from the Nature Conservancy to study the impact of Hurricane Michael in collaboration with colleagues at the U.S. Naval Academy. Photo by Ruby Wallau/Northeastern University

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Katie Lotterhos, assistant professor in marine and environmental Sciences, holds up an oyster in her lab in Nahant. Lotterhos recently received a grant to work with a consortium of scientists across the East Coast to breed a better oyster. Photo by Ruby Wallau/Northeastern University

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