The Marine Science Center, often simply referred to as the MSC, 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.  Current research areas include marine ecosystem, evolutionary, physiological, molecular, and community ecology; marine genomics; neurophysiology and behavior; microbial ecology; biological oceanography; vertebrate systematics and ecology (including fish and marine mammals); macroalgal biotechnology; and marine pollution remediation.


The Marine Science Center is part of the Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences.  Marine-related degrees offered include a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology, Master of Science in Marine Biology, and a Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology.  In addition, the Three Seas Program is in its 30th year of operation and continues a strong reputation of training the next generation of marine scientists at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

The Outreach Program operates primarily out the former generator room of the John. B. Murphy gun battery in a space now known as the Bunker Classroom.  Current programs include a monthly lecture series, school visits, tidepool and other outdoor experiences on East Point, and the summer Coastal Ocean Science Academy.

Please use the links on the left to learn more about the Marine Science Center. With questions, please contact us.

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Note from the Director

A few words from Geoff Trussell, Director of the Marine Science Center and Chair of the Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences

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Research at the MSC

Find out about the research being done at the Marine Science Center

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MSC History

At one time the Nahant Hotel existed on the property of what is now the Marine Science Center.


Local Geology and Ecology

Intertidal Zone, Geological Studies, and Terrestrial Ecology Studies



Meet the faculty of the Marine Science Center

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Meet the staff of the MSC