An internationally recognized research institution that focuses on nearshore coastal marine environments. Research at the center focuses on a variety of issues including how environmental change (global warming, invasive species, ocean acidification) impacts and shapes the organization and dynamics of coastal communities, ecological modeling, evolutionary genomics, the causes and consequences of changes in biodiversity, adaptation and evolutionary biology, and the development of biomimetic and autonomous underwater robots. Located on a peninsula five miles northeast of Boston, the Marine Science Center houses year-round research laboratories and teaching facilities, an extensive flow-through seawater system, diving facilities, small research boats. It is the base for more than 20 faculty and postdoctoral researchers, and a new PhD program in Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology. It is also home to the Three Seas Marine Biology Program, in which 20+ students study together for a year, rotating among the Marine Science Center, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, and the University of Washington's Friday Harbor Laboratories. Founded in 1967.