The Marine Research and High Education Center (MaRHECenter)

The Marine Research and High Education Center

The Marine Research and High Education Center (#MaRHECenter) was officially inaugurated on January 28th, 2009 on Magoodhoo Island, Maldives. The purpose of the Center is to carry out research on the coral reefs ecosystem and teaching activities in the fields of environmental sciences and marine biology, science of tourism and human geography, to teach how to protect this fragile environment and its biodiversity, and how to use and manage its resources in a responsible way. 

MaRHE Center can easily host up to 40 people, both groups of students or single researchers who attend will spend some time in our campus, a very comfortable place, deep in green tropical vegetation. In order to make the best environment for research, students and researchers must be provided with the best and high-tech equipment. Fully equipped laboratories include modern technical appliances: bench space and cabinets, fume hood, sterile hood, refrigerator, freezer, immersion cooler -80°C, thermostatic bath, micro-oven forced air, benchtop centrifuge, vacuum pumps, a variety of stereo and compound microscopes. A molecular ecology lab and a separate imaging lab are also available and fully equipped.  

The center is equipped with field sampling instruments: 20-50 m metric lines, diving slates, hammers and chisels, PVC quadrats (1X1), GPS devices, temperature/light data loggers (HOBO pendant Onset), sieve set. 

A library with books on ecology and marine zoology is also available at the Center. 

Our Diving Center at MaRHE may provide our guests with SCUBA equipment, training and scientific/technical support that underpins a wide range of high-class interdisciplinary research in the underwater environment. 

Education – Internship – Workshop 

The center organizes several national and international 10-days hands-on traineeships about  

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Our Research 

Research activities can be conducted either on islands inhabited by local people, or uninhabited islands where resorts have been developed. The wide range of research and education programs conducted at the Center reflects the diversity of MaRHE Center’s staff experience and competences. Current programs and ongoing research projects at the MaRHE Center include coral reef research, fisheries and aquaculture research, shark research, marine mammal research. 

Our efforts have branched into every major area of nearshore marine research
Human Geography

For additional information about our research projects, international courses and all our scientific publications please visit our website,  Facebook page or feel free to send an e-mail to 

The Maldives have an ecosystem characterized by high biodiversity but extremely delicate and subject to deep modifications due to global climatic changes and local anthropic pressures, such as fishing overexploitation and mass tourism, not forgetting the threat of higher temperatures and ocean acidification. The Marine Research and High Education Center, in collaboration with the Maldivian Ministry of Fisheries, aims at blending technology, development and sustainability for the protection of the natural environment and the enhancement of human resources. 

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