Ideally situated in the United States Virgin Islands, the Center for Marine & Environmental Studies (CMES) was established in 1999 with the mission
to offer students and researchers a dynamic atmosphere to study tropical marine and environmental issues and increase awareness about marine topics in the VI. Located within the University of the Virgin Islands, CMES is a research and outreach arm of UVI's Marine Science Program and is comprised of the MacLean Marine Science Center (MMSC)
, the Virgin Islands Environmental Resource Station (VIERS)
and the Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service (VIMAS)
. CMES scientists, staff, students and collaborators are involved with a wide variety of exciting research projects, marine science education programs and environmental outreach activities.