Coral in situ Metabolism studies at Conch Reef.

Students from the IMaGeS Lab at Florida International University (FIU), under Dr. Mauricio Rodriguez-Lanetty, partnered with Dr. Alina Szmant and Dr. Rob Whitehead (University of North Carolina at Wilmington) to use newly developed Coral in situ Metabolism (CISME) instruments.

Divers briefing and preparing gear

Inspecting CISME units ready to deploy
These units will allow scientist to study coral metabolism and health in the reef environment without harming the coral.

Divers selecting a coral head to set up on

The IMaGeS Lab is working with NASA  astronauts this month at the FIU Aquarius Reef Base, Key Largo. Astronauts will be trained in the use of the CISME units for data collection, to simulate training activities for their NEEMO Mission.

Large coral head Orbicella faveolata at Conch Reef

University of Colorado Students at KML

Colorado Eco-Warriors picking up litter near Long Key State Park
Students from the University of Colorado, led by their professor, Dr. Heidi Souder, spent their spring break learning about the ecosystems of the Florida Keys. They were constantly amazed and appalled by the  litter everywhere and did their part to help clean up.

Derelict kayak and other debris removed from Bamboo Key
Assessing dune vegetation
 They kept to a busy daily schedule, traveling to Bahia Honda State Park to assess dune vegetation and study the physical and geological oceanography.

Survey techniques 

 These ambitious students also faced some new challenges collecting data in the marine environment. They learned the basic monitoring skills and species identification necessary for KML's Living Laboratory Benthic Monitoring Surveys.
Setting up a benthic survey grid

Locating a corner of the Living Lab grid

Students measured the direction and speed of the longshore current with fluorescein dye.
Dr. Souder and her class certainly packed a lot of activities into their week at KML and left exhausted but with lots of smiles!


Last Science Seminar of the season at KML

“Boating Activity in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary”

Preliminary results from an aerial survey of boaters and their activities in the Florida Keys

By Maria Cooksey - FWC/FWRI staff biologist

KML Winter Science Seminar #6
April 5th
Wed. 6:00-7:00pm
KML Classroom

Come join us!

AAUS Diver Proficiency Workshop

April 14th-17th, 2017

This is an intensive  four day workshop (32 hour minimum) hosted by the Florida Institute of Oceanography at the Keys Marine Laboratory (KML). 

This workshop is designed to provide an opportunity for newly trained, or inexperienced, American Academy of Underwater Science (AAUS) Divers-in-Training (DIT) to gain proficiency in scientific diving techniques.  

Upon completion, the DIT will have successfully earned their 30 ft scientific diver rating while gaining proficiency in many diving skills commonly used in marine research.  

It also allows the opportunity for previously trained and active AAUS divers to maintain their status, as required by AAUS Standards Section 5.60, by providing dives that contribute to the annual number of dives required to maintain their depth rating.  

This workshop is NOT intended to train beginning scientific divers.  Instead, it offers the opportunity to advance or maintain their current AAUS scientific diver status, while learning skills crucial to conducting underwater research.  

If are a current AAUS diver or Diver-in-Training interested in this workshop, you can register through University of South Florida’s Continuing Education website here:

The workshop will be limited to 8 divers. We hope to confirm numbers by March 17th and have all necessary LORs submitted by March 27th

Please contact KML's DSO, Bill Ferrell  if you have any questions.

2017 KML Open House

Keys Marine Lab Open House

Saturday, March 4, 2017
Long Key mile marker 68.5 bayside
During Layton Day Celebration


Live animal displays

Slide shows in the classroom
Chat with staff scientists

Informational materials

 ~ ~ ~ Uneven terrain ~ ~ ~
Appropriate footwear strongly suggested

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