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Waterway through the Marsh

Belle W. Baruch Institute for Marine & Coastal Sciences

Learning to care for our incredible coast requires a hands-on approach. That’s why, in addition to our lab facilities in Columbia, we study in our 17,500-acre living laboratory at the coast.

South Carolina is blessed with a coast that is rife with beautiful beaches as well as estuaries and tidal areas teeming with marine life.  Since 1969, the Belle W. Baruch Institute for Marine & Coastal Sciences has been dedicated to carrying out research and educational programs that will enable the wise use and sustainability of these precious coastal resources.

An internationally recognized academic research institute, the Baruch Institute is a freestanding entity within the University of South Carolina’s College of Arts and Sciences.  Our headquarters and laboratory facilities are located on the University’s main campus in Columbia; our field laboratory, the Baruch Marine Field Laboratory, sits on the 17,500-acre Hobcaw Barony near Georgetown, South Carolina.  The location of our field lab offers researchers and scientists a unique opportunity to conduct studies in relatively undisturbed major coastal habitats -- a veritable living laboratory.

We also welcome the general public and have a wide variety of educational programs for all ages.  These include informal seminars presented by Baruch scientists where citizens learn about current research activities, and short courses for families and children. 

Other educational experiences for public audiences also include seasonal explorations of the salt marsh, bird walks, and open houses of the Baruch Marine Lab.  Educational activities are conducted during September-December, January-May, and June-August.

Better understanding  of our precious marine and coastal resources in order  to improve  the well-being of people, animals, and the surrounding environment:  that is the mission of the Baruch Institute.

 Please click on our website’s links for more information about the Belle W. Baruch Institute for Marine & Coastal Sciences at the University of South Carolina.