SPMC is located on a 78-acre campus covered mostly by Pacific lowland forest and distinguished by some 3000 ft of undisturbed beachfront. The campus, including the beach, is treated as a natural laboratory with collection of specimens and disturbances of other kinds limited to professional activities. The beach is a particularly valuable resource as a field study and collection site, its value enhanced by its close proximity to our laboratory facilities. SPMC also controls a 2-acre piece of waterfront property on Mosquito Pass on the northwest corner of San Juan Island. This valuable property was donated to SPMC through a gift to the Western Foundation to serve as a study site and biological preserve. Providing a useful site for comparison with the SPMC beachfront, the Mosquito Pass Study Site will be used to develop a water quality and habitat database and as a field site for educational programs.
The SPMC academic vessel fleet is housed at a slip in nearby Skyline Marina, a site one mile from the campus that permits service year-round and provides ready access to Burrows Bay, an excellent training, collecting and research area. The SPMC fleet includes the RV FAUNA, a 26' aluminum hull with 175 hp outboard motor equipped with a pilot house and hand crank winch; and the 32' inboard powered RV ZOEA, with A-frame, hydraulic winch and cabin. Field activities and SCUBA are supported by a Field Support Building that provides storage, a workshop and a SCUBA locker.
The main teaching and research facilities include a 23,700 sf complex consisting of the 12,000 square foot Sundquist Marine Laboratory and the 11,700 sf Marine Education Center facility that opened in early 2006. The Sundquist Laboratory provides wet laboratory space for courses, the marine center's running sea water holding tank room, a radioisotope lab, facilities for the culture of marine organisms, the Marine Molecular Ecology and Environmental Genomics Labs and the Ocean Acidification lab. The Marine Center's running seawater system provides high quality seawater at reasonable volumes. The ability to hold marine organisms safely and effectively in captivity is an essential component of our training and research programs. The Marine Education Center provides administrative and office space for faculty and administrative staff, a large study/ project/ library room for students, a computer laboratory, and well-equipped analytical and chemistry laboratories. The two facilities are closely articulated, with the main entrance to both provided in the Marine Education Center, with an elevator that serves both and an integrated communications and data backbone.
Recognition of the need to maintain a sophisticated instrumentation base that can support modern analytical procedures has led to substantial attention being placed on developing SPMC's analytical capacity. The facility supports oceanographic studies (Turner fluorometer; autoanalyzer, Hydrolab system, liquid scintillation counter, and FLOWCAM), chemical analyses (two diode array spectrophotometers, three HPLC's, three gas chromatographs, CHNS Analyzer), plankton studies (image analysis, epifluorescence scope, inverted scope) and general laboratory support needs (refrigerated centrifuge, ultrafreezer, freeze dryer, microbalances). Other support equipment includes a complete video recording system (with underwater capacity), including a small ROV.
A Computer and Imaging Center networks all of SPMC's computers, including a computer classroom laboratory housing 10 computers and a second computer lab connected to a Local Area Network, four laser printers and a color laser printer. Also available are slide and flatbed scanners, a color slide printer, and an image analysis center.
Onsite housing is available to students and visitors, its capacity at 24 persons. The housing units are supported by the adjacent Commons Building that provides a small kitchen and indoor dining area. The Commons is also used for indoor recreation and occasionally as a meeting room.