Marine Science

Marine Science


The Beachcat is a 32’ x 12’ catamaran that features an open "working deck". It is powered by twin 200HP Mercury outboard engines. It can easily seat 30+ passengers and travel at speeds up to 25 knots. The vessel is primarily used to support the Marine Science program at Eckerd College and it's numerous on-the-water laboratories.

Student Research

Given the close proximity to the Gulf of Mexico and subtropical climate, the Tampa Bay region has a high concentration of marine research and academic institutions. Because of many local connections in the Tampa Bay area, a large number of opportunities are available to our students through government and private marine agencies and laboratories, public aquaria, marine conservation institutions, environmental consulting firms, and commercial aquaculture firms.

$1Mil Renovation Project

GMSL patio

The National Science Foundation awarded Eckerd College $870,720 to renovate research spaces within the Galbraith Marine Science Laboratory during the summer of 2011. Eckerd contributions to the project bring the total renovation budget to over $1 million. Learn more.