About the Marine & Paleobiological Research Institute

The Marine and Paleobiological Research Institute, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) organization that is newly founded [3 August 2004] and is in a startup situation.

Intellectually, however, it is a continuation and expansion of the educational, research and professional activities of the three directors from the 1960's to present.

The Institute is a means for individual donors and foundations to foster and support education and the future of these sciences. The Directors and Officers are not compensated, and at this time the Institute has no staff. Click here for volunteer opportunity

Our Address

Marine & Paleobiolgical Research Institute
PO Box 1016
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, MPRI was not able to hold any events in 2020 but below is a summary of our past events.

2019 EVENTS:

In October, our annual National Fossil Day took place at the Oak Bluffs Public Library. See pictures from this event on the Oak Bluffs Library's Facebook page here.

In May, we took fossil programs for seniors to Windemere Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and in June to The Anchors Senior Center in Edgartown in collaboration with the Martha's Vineyard Center for Living and in collaboration with the MV Museum.

In April, Susie Bowman
and Fred Hotchkiss presented
Horseshoe Crabs: A Story of Beach Trysts and Blue Bloods,
a free lecture and slide show about lives and history of horseshoe crabs and opportunities to be involved in the Horseshoe Crab Citizen Science Survey Project -- at the West Tisbury, Edgartown and Oak Bluffs libraries

In March, we visited two 8th grade science classes of Mrs. Connie Alexander in Tisbury, bringing a range of fossils for study and discussion.

In March, we brought touchable fossils to preschoolers at the Island Children's School in West Tisbury.

In February, we visited the 7th grade science classes of Ms. Lea Dorr in Oak Bluffs as they studied geology and the history of beach pebbles found on the Vineyard.


Specimens purchased
with the help of our generous donors.

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