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Otis H. Smith Laboratory

Smith Lab Gaffney researchThis building is named in honor of Otis H. Smith, a distinguished businessman, mayor of Lewes for 18 years, and University of Delaware trustee. Mr. Smith was a staunch supporter of the fishing industry and of the college's research and education efforts.

In this building, faculty and students undertake research about issues such as fisheries decline, wetlands restoration and much more. Here, marine scientists are learning more about organisms ranging from bacteria to oysters, from flounder to salt-tolerant plants called halophytes.

Smith Lab is equipped with a recirculating seawater system, finfish tanks, algal culture facilities, a shellfish hatchery, a water tunnel for the study of wave effects on clams and other benthic organisms, and 10,000 square feet of greenhouse space. The greenhouse is used in genetic research aimed at improving varieties of salt-marsh plants for wetlands restoration and for development into food and forage crops. Together, Smith and Cannon labs house the majority of the college's faculty and students in the oceanography and marine biosciences programs.


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School of Marine Science & Policy

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College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment • 111 Robinson Hall • Newark, DE 19716 • USA • Phone: 302-831-2841
Geography: 302-831-2294 • Geology: 302-831-2569 • Marine Science and Policy: 302-645-4212 • E-mail: ceoe-info@udel.edu

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