The Institute of Marine Science (IMS) is the oldest and largest unit of the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. The Institute is the home for research in oceanography and marine biology, including graduate student research for M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. IMS conducts studies in the world's oceans, with special emphasis on arctic and Pacific subarctic waters. Some of these are collaborative, multidisciplinary ecosystem studies of the waters around Alaska. Others are components of large national and international cooperative programs.
IMS currently has 25 academic and research faculty, 17 research staff and approximately 60 graduate students. These graduate students are enrolled in the Graduate Program in Marine Science and Limnology.
The main offices, laboratories and computer facilities of IMS are located in Fairbanks, among the complex of research institutes on the “West Ridge” of the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus. Several IMS research faculty are located at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward. The Kasitsna Bay Lab provides specialized coastal facilities for scientific diving, tidal zone and estuarine research, and equipment testing.