Facilities

Bowdoin has excellent facilities for both teaching and research in earth and oceanographic science.

EOS research and teaching laboratories are housed in Bowdoin’s new LEED-Platinum certified Roux Center for the Environment. A scanning electron microscope, acquired in 2016 with a grant from the National Science Foundation, provides a powerful tool for students, faculty, and visiting researchers to study the structure and composition of rocks, minerals, shells, and corals.

Bowdoin's scanning electron microscope (SEM) allows one to see well beyond the powers of the naked eye. 

In geology, electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) is a powerful tool for the observation and analysis of microstructures and for phase identification.

The Bowdoin Buoy Facility (BBF), a scientific buoy near the Coastal Studies Center, was installed to study harmful algal blooms (HABs).

Bowdoin’s Schiller Coastal Studies Center supports hands-on education, training, and research by providing access to the ocean, research vessels, and a laboratory to conduct experiments. Local seawater conditions are monitored at the Center’s pier, while the Bowdoin Buoy provides continuous monitoring of Harpswell Sound.