The University of Vermont's research vessel Melosira is docked adjacent to the Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory, where it provides convenient and immediate access to Lake Champlain. The R/V Melosira is staffed with a full-time Captain and Deckhand experienced in all aspects of limnological, geological, and fisheries sampling including: water sampling, plankton sampling, sediment coring, deploying and maintaining in situ sensors, gill netting, bottom and mid-water fish trawling, and hydroacoustic sampling.
Lake Champlain Live! is a program on the R/V Melosira which offers elementary, middle, and high school students and teachers the opportunity to learn first-hand about the study of limnology and to collect their own data on Lake Champlain with the aid of professional educators and lab research staff.
The R/V Melosira is available for charter to groups or individuals for research, education, or other functions. View our boat usage fees. Please contact Captain Kirstin Collins for more information.
Captain Kirstin Collins
Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory
University of Vermont
Burlington VT 05401
The Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory also has several smaller boats for use on Lake Champlain and surrounding water bodies.