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Welcome to the
Marine & Paleobiological Research Institute

The Marine and Paleobiological Research Institute, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) organization located on Martha's Vineyard Island, Massachusetts, and was founded in 2004.

Its intellectual foundation comes from the educational, research and professional activities of the three directors from the 1960's to present in fields such as ocean engineering, biomedical research, marine biology and paleobiology.

The Institute fosters and supports education and the future of these sciences. The Directors, Officers, Administrator, and other volunteers are not compensated. We welcome adult and student volunteers to help us in our mission. Click here for volunteer opportunities

To report stranded, sick, or injured marine mammals or sea turtles call:

1-508-743-9548 (IFAW Cape Cod Stranding Network)

or 1-617-973-5247 (New England Aquarium in Boston, MA)

or 1-866-755-6622 (NOAA Fisheries Service's Stranding Hotline)


Mission Statement
Directors, Fellows, and Research Associates
Narrative of accomplishments
Bibliography on Paleozoic Asterozoa
Annotations to papers of F. Hotchkiss

sunflower sea star

MPRI PRESENTS...



Looking forward
The Martha's Vineyard Regional High School 2015 Science Fair will be held on Saturday 7 February from 11:15AM to 12:15PM. Come and learn about hands-on science from the next generation of scientists. The students ask great questions about interesting topics, and then work out methods to obtain data and test ideas [hypotheses], and present their work to you with poise, pride, and delight. Come to the Fair!


Looking forward,
We will be visiting the 7th grade science classes of Ms. Lea Dorr in Oak Bluffs on 17 and 18 February to be a resource to the students who are studying the rock cycle and the history of beach pebbles found on the Vineyard.


Looking forward,
We will be bringing touchable fossils to engage the preschoolers at the Island Children's School in West Tisbury on 4 March.


Looking forward,
The Earth Day Beach Clean-Up organized by the Vineyard Conservation Society will be on 11 April, followed by a VCS 50th birthday and 23rd annual beach clean-up party at the Harbor View Hotel


Looking back
In December we visited the MVRHS science class of Ms. Anna Cotton to incorporate SEA STARS into their studies of Island fisheries and Vineyard marine life.


In November MPRI Director Dr. Fred Hotchkiss received the Russel P. Stanhope Distinguished Friend of Science Award from the Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers (MAST), with huge thanks for being nominated by Tisbury 7th and 8th Grade Science Teacher Mrs. Connie Alexander.


Fossil Fred brought a carload of fossils to Mr. David Faber's 8th grade science classes, Wednesday, October 22, Edgartown School.


MPRI celebrated National Fossil Day on Martha’s Vineyard: Thursday October 16th in partnership with the Oak Bluffs Public Library and the National Parks Service. The event was free to all, and 230 children, parents, teachers and fossil enthusiasts participated.

We assisted in Archaeology ID Day at the Martha's Vineyard Museum, 30 August, and the public brought in great finds from around the Vineyard.

We presented a FAMILY-ORIENTED HANDS-ON-FOSSILS PROGRAM at the Edgartown Library on 5 August, with co-presenter biological oceanographer Wendy Culbert. Thirty-five persons, including 25 children, happily experienced fossils.

WE LED CITIZEN SCIENTIST volunteers doing horseshoe crab spawning surveys in May and June in Lake Tashmoo.

In May we visited the WEST TISBURY FOURTH GRADE classes of Rebecca Solway and Jen McHugh with buckets of sea water and LIVING SEA STARS

WE PRESENTED A PREE PUBLIC LECTURE
Horseshoe Crabs: A Story of Beach Trysts and Blue Bloods
AT FOUR LIBRARIES
3/20 at Oak Bluffs Library
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3/25 at Vineyard Haven Library
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4/9 at Chilmark Library
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4/16 at Edgartown Library


MPRI was a sponsor of the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School
Science Fair,
8 February, 2014.


Looking back
Fossil Fred visited the 5th and 6th grade science classes of Ms Justen Walker and Ms Nicole Pereira on Monday, December 16th, 2013 in Westport, MA


Fossil Fred visited the West Tibury 1st grade class of Ms Tessa Wall on Friday, November 15, 2013


Looking back
the Fourth Annual NATIONAL FOSSIL DAY was celebrated at the OAK BLUFFS PUBLIC LIBRARY on Thursday, October 17, 2013, 4PM to 7:45PM. About 180 people came to the event.







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