GEMS Field Stations

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GEMS faculty and students have access to the following:

  • Two Ford 12-person vans
  • RV Blue Sea at the NJ Marine Academy of Science and Technology
  • RV Kingsbury at the Shoals Marine Laboratory
  • RV Henry M. Stommel at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS)
  • Motorized 20' flatboats at the Newfound Harbor Marine Institute

Field Stations

The Roatan Institute for Marine Science (RIMS)Diving at Rims

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.

The Galapagos Academic Institute for the Arts and Sciences (GAIAS)

GAIAS Headquarters, San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands

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.

The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS)

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.

Lighthouse Education Center

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.


Additional Marine Field Stations Utilized by Rider Faculty and Students for Research and Instruction:

Geology Field Camps and Stations Attended by Rider Students or Utilized by Rider Faculty for Research and Instruction: