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


Looking forward
Please come to Archaeology ID Day at the Martha's Vineyard Museum, Saturday 30 August, 9am to 1pm at the Library of the Museum.
The public is invited to bring their archaeological finds from the Vineyard and around the world to the Museum for the panel to identify, examine, and discuss, and perhaps uncover hidden secrets. MPRI is a panel participant.

Looking back
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

Horseshoe Crabs: A Story of Beach Trysts and Blue Bloods
3/20 at Oak Bluffs Library
3/25 at Vineyard Haven Library
4/9 at Chilmark Library
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.

Our latest newsletter
describes how our supporters further
our mission.

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