The Northeast Underwater Research, Technology and Education Center (NURTEC) has been woven into the University of Connecticut’s Marine Science fabric for 30 years. As part of the vibrant research core of UConn’s Marine Science Enterprise that also comprises the Marine Science Department, Connecticut Sea Grant and the Marine Science and Technology Center, NURTEC conducts and supports underwater research locally, nationally and internationally. As such the Center serves as an ambassador for the excellence that is UConn research. Examples of the Center’s reach in recent years include:
- Mapping the local waters of Long Island Sound with federal, state and academic partners (more info)
- Documenting deep sea communities on oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico (Expedition website)
- Exploring the deep canyons lying off the eastern seaboard (Expedition website)
- Advising the United Nations on International High Seas Biodiversity
- Supporting photography of deep seamounts off the coast of Costa Rica that appeared in the National Geographic magazine.
NURTEC currently serves as the hub for three major, ongoing initiatives: 1) technological development and services to support ocean research & exploration, 2) the Long Island Sound Mapping and Research Collaborative (LISMaRC) and 3) the Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence – Technology and Education for Knowledge (COSEE-TEK). NURTEC’s core activities are almost entirely supported by external grants and contracts from various federal, state and private sources.