The FAU Marine Science Laboratory faculty and students study marine organisms and how they interact with their environment. Since its construction in 1990, the Marine Lab has been the primary research site for 185 peer-reviewed publications and 9 book chapters. Today the Marine Lab houses the work of six different principal investigators and their students, researching a wide range of marine species and topics from sea turtle development to shark sensory biology to marine plant ecology and functions. Students “get their hands wet” by regularly participating in the ongoing research as part of their coursework. They learn from world-renowned scientists in their field and graduate with a clearer understanding of the scientific process through their active participation.
The vision of the FAU Marine Science Laboratory is to create meaningful educational opportunities for students, to contribute new knowledge through research, and to educate our community about the importance of the marine environment for an understanding of the natural world.
The mission of the FAU Marine Science Laboratory is to conduct internationally recognized research; excel in student training; address regional, national, and international concerns; and communicate understandable scientific information to the public. Curiosity, inquiry, and discovery are the fundamental principles we embrace to address problems of scientific importance and find solutions to coastal and marine challenges.