The eight-acre Field Station site provides diverse laboratory space as well as dockage for the research vessel fleet. Access to the southern Barnegat Bay waters, Great Bay and Atlantic City back bays as well as the Mullica, Bass and Wading rivers is easily conducted leaving directly from our waterfront facility on the Nacote Creek.
Several buildings on site provide space for the support of field and laboratory courses and student and faculty research. The site is also home to the Coastal Research Center.
Teaching and Research Labs
The primary teaching and research laboratory on site is affectionately known as the "Log Cabin". In an effort to uphold the area's rustic maritime look this building has remained just that on the outside after its 1997 and 2009 renovations. Extensive in-house and externally funded renovations have created a unique learning and research-suited environment on the inside. This building has within it a main teaching laboratory with 30 workstations, five individual faculty research areas, a common computer room, a seawater table for instructional use and a small lounge/kitchen area for faculty and students.
The Log Cabin (Bldg. 501) is utilized by courses from the Marine Science, Biology, Environmental Studies and General Studies programs at Stockton. Currently the Marine Science and Biology programs are its greatest users.
The Physical Sciences Lab is housed in a 750 sf. garage building that once served as the previous owner's decoy carving shop. Like all of the buildings on-site, Building 502 maintains the rustic exterior look that exemplifies the maritime history of coastal towns such as Port Republic. However, the inside of this laboratory now features a VWR Drying Oven, a High-temperature Drying Oven, an RX-29 Ro-tap sieve, and ample freezer and equipment storage space. At the center of the laboratory's work space is a 12' x 3' island work-space designed for working with long sediment cores or any other chores that require space to spread out on.
A two-story structure, Building 504, houses in the lower floor a wet laboratory with
an assortment of tanks and filtration systems for maintaining live organisms for teaching
and research activities, classroom demonstrations and public displays. A geothermally
insulated seawater filtration system links the wetlab with Nacote Creek and permits
year-round operation of the aquarium facility. Throughout the year students and faculty
may utilize this space and the assistance of the Field Station staff to conduct their
This area is maintained by the Program Assistant with help from up to several student workers. Opportunities for part-time work at the Field Station are available to qualified students.
Several additional buildings on-site provide the support necessary for a field facility. There is a Repair Shop, Building 505, that contains both a mechanical and wood working area for facility, equipment and vessel maintenance. A large garage door allows indoor storage for vessels under 21 feet.
Waterfront garage building provides storage for vessel and field sampling-related equipment that does not require environmental control. Additional field equipment is maintained and stored inside Building 503.