GEMS Field Stations
GEMS faculty and students have access to the following:
Often the location for GEMS' marine science field course, the Roatan Institute for Marine Science (RIMS) is ideally located for marine study on the northwest coast of Roatan, Honduras where over 30 miles of fringing and barrier reefs, seagrass beds, mangroves and shoreline are home to an astonishing profusion of life. Founded in 1989, the primary objective of this facility is the preservation of Roatan's natural resources through education and research. In the past decade RIMS has established itself as a dedicated and widely used teaching facility, visited year-round by colleges, universities, and high schools from around the world, including Rider University and its students, to study tropical marine ecosystems.
Rider University has an exchange agreement with the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (Ecuador), which operates the Galapagos Academic Institute for the Arts and Sciences (GAIAS), located in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of the Galapagos Island Archipelago on the island of San Cristóbal. GAIAS offers full-semester study abroad programs, including programs in Evolution, Ecology, and Conservation in the Galapagos; Marine Ecology; and Galapagos and Andean Geosciences. Students can apply the courses and credits they take at GAIAS toward fulfilling their GEMS major requirements. For additional GAIAS program and cost details, students should go to the GAIAS website at and/or contact the Rider University Center for International Education.
Rider also has an articulation agreement with the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) that enables Rider students to earn 14 credit hours during the fall semester at BIOS, which are accepted for equivalent Rider credit in GEMS marine sciences major. Financial aid can be applied toward the tuition costs during your semester at either BIOS or GAIAS. Please contact the Rider University Office of Financial Aid for details.
Leased and operated by the Natural Resource Education Foundation of New Jersey (a consortium of various educational and environmental organizations), the Lighthouse Education Center (LEC) is located in Waretown, Ocean County, New Jersey, on the western shore of Barnegat Bay. Camp facilities include a dining hall, main lodge, classroom, computer and marine laboratories, cabins, boat dock, canal, and boathouse (see picture). A variety of terrestrial and marine environments are accessible directly from the LEC, while the barrier beach environments of coastal New Jersey, including Long Beach Island, are located just minutes away and accessible either by car or boat.
GEMS has formalized an articulation agreement with the New Jersey Marine Academy of Science and Technology (MAST) of the Monmouth County (New Jersey) Vocational School District. The articulation agreement allows Rider students complete access to the state-of- the-art facilities of this prestigious magnet high school, located at Fort Hancock on Sandy Hook, New Jersey. MAST owns and operates the 65' RV Blue Sea, a fully-functional research vessel, that can accommodate more than 30 students on board for marine and oceanographic instruction and research. Additional MAST facilities include a NOAA laboratory with ambient light and seawater temperature controls for variable size flow-through tanks. This laboratory allows students and researchers to simulate environmental conditions at just about any latitude or time of year. Rider faculty and students currently are conducting experiments on hardshell clams at the laboratory in cooperation with MAST marine biologists. While working at MAST, Rider faculty and students often collaborate with, and mentor, MAST students.
Additional Marine Field Stations Utilized by Rider Faculty and Students for Research and Instruction:
- Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS), Bermuda
- Caribbean Marine Research Center, Lee Stocking Island, Bahamas
- Duke University, Marine Laboratory, NC
- Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory, Oban, Scotland
- Friday Harbor Marine Laboratory, Puget Sound, WA
- Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Ft. Pierce, FL
- Hatfield Marine Science Center, Yaquina Bay, OR
- Narragansett Bay Marine Lab, University of Rhode Island, RI
- Newfound Harbor Marine Institute, Big Pine Key, FL
- New Jersey Marine Science Consortium, Sandy Hook, NJ
- Scripps Institute of Oceanography, University of San Diego, CA
- Shoals Marine Laboratory, Appledore Island, ME
- Virgin Island Environmental Resource Station, St. John, U.S.V.I.
Geology Field Camps and Stations Attended by Rider Students or Utilized by Rider Faculty for Research and Instruction: