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Marine research and education in a one of a kind community

Friday Harbor Laboratories is a premier marine lab with the primary goals of marine research, education and outreach to the community. We strive for the highest quality and serve students and faculty from UW, across the USA and internationally. Come join us for a life-changing experience!

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A Truly Unique Ecosystem

The UW Friday Harbor Laboratories offers the ideal setting to study the marine world. Faculty and researchers from the University of Washington and around the world come to FHL to study oceanography, chemistry, biology, ecology and other marine disciplines. Students find opportunities to immerse themselves in research and coursework, connecting classroom learning to the rich ecosystems thriving throughout the San Juan Archipelago.

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One of a kind location

An outpost in the middle of the Salish Sea, Friday Harbor isĀ less than 4 hours’ ferry and drive fromĀ Seattle and Vancouver B.C.


Take advantage of the pristine environment, remarkable biodiversity, facilities and resources offered at UW Friday Harbor Laboratories. We welcome researchers year-round. Summers are busy with research, and the quiet months of winter (October – April) provide the perfect retreat to synthesize data and write results.

There’s a place for you here


Immerse yourself for five or ten weeks taking courses at FHL. Or perhaps do research at FHL through an apprenticeship, as a summer intern or on your own.

Creature Fact

The sea anemone has an oral disk, which the organism uses to capture prey. The anemone attaches to the substrate using the basal disk at its posterior end. Others also burrow into weaker objects. Some species attach to kelp while others are free-swimming.

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