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Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences

The Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences (IMCS) focuses on marine science-related education and research. IMCS was founded in 1993 on the Cook Campus at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. IMCS is the home of LEO-15, more formally known as the Long-term Ecosystem Observatory. IMCS faculty Rich Lutz and Peter Rona were science director's for the IMAX film Volcanoes of the Deep Sea which was co-produced by Rutgers University


The Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences was founded on the Cook Campus at Rutgers University in 1993 with Dr. Fred Grassle as its first director. In February 2011, Richard Lutz was named Director of IMCS, succeeding Fransisco E. Werner.[1] Two months later, IMCS was named the fourth top oceanographic institution in the world, based on a Reuters survey of paper citations since 2000 and impact on the marine sciences. At the time, Lutz quoted "This is huge. We’ve gone from not being on the map 25 years, to 10th in the nation in 10 years according to the National Science Foundation … and now we’re fourth in the world."[2]


  • Undergraduate – B.S., B.A in Marine Science
  • Graduate – M.Sc. Oceanography, M.Sc. Operational Oceanography, PhD. Oceanography


While oceanography is traditionally sub-categorized into "biological", "chemical", "geological", and "physical" areas of research, IMCS maintains a focus on inter-disciplinary research. While courses specific to each of these sub-specialities are offered, IMCS students and faculty work on answering complex questions that require a cooperation and sharing of information without regard for the traditional boundaries of oceanography. The Coastal Ocean Observation Lab at IMCS has worked closely to evolve an increasingly sophisticated suite of observational tools since the initial LEO15 study. In particular, the COOL group has helped to develop and test high-frequency radar and underwater glider technologies.

See also


Further reading

IMCS 10th Anniversary Website

External links

  • Institute of Marine & Coastal Sciences
  • Coastal Ocean Observation Lab
  • Volcanoes of the Deep Sea
  • Environmental Biophysics and Molecular Ecology
  • Rutgers Energy Institute

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