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Research Visits

A visit to the coastal facility begins with a reservation, even for a day trip.  Reservations should be made well in advance of your preferred research dates to ensure that the laboratory space, lodging, meeting facilities, equipment, boats, vehicles and staff are available. 

Resources and Expertise

On-site training with equipment and assistance with program design and development (including expertise learning the local habitats) can be arranged. Site-specific resources to facilitate your field studies include reference materials, archived collections, and publications.  Ongoing studies and comprehensive, long-term, computerized databases provide a baseline and context for new studies. Regular communication (including video teleconferencing) and travel between the field laboratory and the Columbia campus make it possible for scientists visiting the field laboratory to interact with other researchers and to access additional research resources.

Reservation & Rates

Reservations are required to do any field work on the property regardless of the amount of time you will stay.   Fees are charged for lodging and conference facilities, and also for laboratory space, equipment, boats and vehicles, and some services.   Basic laboratory equipment and non-expendable supplies are included with laboratory space rental. There is no charge for orientation to the site and programs.  See current reservations & rates.

Housing, laboratory space, and conference facilites

Housing, laboratory space, and conference facilites are described under Facilities.   A site description is also found there.

Research Requests and Proposals

All research projects in North Inlet Estuary and Hobcaw Barony must be approved prior to initiating the project. Information about the application process can be obtained at on the Hobcaw Barony web page ( Completed applications should be submitted to the BMFL Director ( for review. The Research Request and Proposal Form can be accessed at

Collecting permits

Collecting and/or activities that the public normally would not be allowed to do require a permit from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR, Charleston, 803-795-6350). Contact SCDNR well in advance of your trip to secure any needed permits.

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