Public Engagement

GML Public Access 

Pandemic Update: GML is open to the public 8:30 until 5:00.  You may also click the following link at any time to view a Virtual Tour of the facility.  

GML Social Media

Twitter: @GriceMarineLab
Instagram: @GriceLab
Facebook: @GMLCofC

Community Outreach Research And Learning (C.O.R.A.L.) Program 

CORAL Touch Tank

The Grice Marine Lab offers a K-12 outreach program based primarily around a mobile “touch tank” with marine animals caught locally, most from Charleston Harbor. We bring a range of animals including horseshoe crabs, blue crabs, sea stars, Diamondback terrapins and more to local schools, camps, and community events.  GML staff and students spend time educating K-12 students about the animals and then allow time for handling and questions.  The program is limited  to events within a 15-mile radius of GML to avoid stress on the animals.

We also offer on-site tours at GML involving a touch tank as well as a microscope demonstration involving plankton and settled marine organisms.   Groups are strictly limited to 25 students. GML is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 5:00 p.m.

The number of events that can be hosted is limited by staff availability.  For more information, please contact Pete Meier, GML Marine Operations Manager.

The College Today

Conservation Connection

“Conservation Connection” is a podcast hosted and produced by Chance and Sarah Kathryn Ruder, who run the environmental education non-profit Last Chance Endeavors.  The mission of the team is “to create opportunities for kids and young adults to learn how to care for our planet, by bringing engaging and educational programs to them, wherever they are.”  They first visited Grice Marine Lab in April 2019 to begin a series of profiles of the environmental research being done by GML scientists.  They returned in July 2019 to profile the research of students engaged in our summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program.  conservation connectionEpisodes will be linked below as they become available! 

GML faculty profile episodes: 
REU program episodes:


Writing for the Public

Scientific American Stories (Dr. Melissa Hughes)

Community Events

Marine Biology Graduate Student Association (MBGSA)

In addition to representing the graduate student body on the Fort Johnson campus, the MBGSA strives to enrich the local community through educational outreach and community service aimed at keeping our oceans and beaches clean.  Please visit the MBGSA webpage for more information.