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74 SECTION E • Educational Institutions • BG 2018 marine microbiology, molecular ecology and evolution, and wetlands ecology. Students may pursue graduate degrees in marine biology (M.S., Ph.D.), marine environmental sciences (M.S.), biologi- cal sciences (M.S.), coastal zone management (M.S., in-house or online), marine and coastal studies (M.A.), and oceanogra- phy (Ph.D.). Operating on a trimester system, courses are held in the evening for the convenience of working students and professionals. The NSUOC also offers an online B.S. in marine professional studies. Flexible online distance learning courses are also available for general interest or graduate credit, or as components of a Graduate Certificate in coastal studies or marine and coastal climate change. NSUOC distance courses may also lead to- ward an M.S. in coastal zone management, M.A. in marine coastal studies, M.A. in cross-disciplinary studies, or M.S. in environmental education. The NSUOC serves as a national, regional, and community resource for information. There are several institutes: the Na- tional Coral Reef Institute for research and training on coral reef assessment, monitoring and restoration; the Guy Harvey Research Institute for fish research and conservation, and the Save Our Seas Shark Center specializing in shark studies. The Center also implements the Broward County Sea Turtle Renest- ing Program. The Center's facilities include a state-of-the-art, 86,000 square-foot research facility as well as a research library for the many disciplines of marine science; conference room; classrooms; staging area; electron microscopy laboratory; dark- room; machine shop; electronics laboratory; computer center; wet lab/classroom coral workshop; filtered seawater facility; and research laboratories. Located at Port Everglades on the southeastern coast of the Florida peninsula, near Fort Lauderdale, the NSUOC spans 10 acres and is home to a large marina, affording immediate access to coastal and open-ocean environments and ecosys- tems. Contact: Dr. Richard Dodge, Dean, Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center, 8000 North Ocean Dr., Dania Beach, FL 33004-3078;; www.nova. edu/ocean. Degrees Offered: B.S., M.A., M.S., Ph.D. University of Florida Gainesville, Fla. The Civil and Coastal Engineering Department provides academic and research opportunities at the M.S. and Ph.D. levels in coastal and ocean engineering. The students, staff and faculty are involved in a variety of research areas, in- cluding coastal processes, beach nourishment, hurricane surge modeling, estuary modeling, coastal structures, scour, sediment transport, mud seabeds and wave mechan- ics. The department has a large laboratory facility with wave basins and flumes for studying estuaries, coastlines and marine structures. The department also provides sup- port for field projects, boats, a full dive locker, bottom samplers, a sediment analysis laboratory and a variety of instruments, including current meters, wave gauges and tide gauges. Contact: Dr. William G. McDougal, Direc- tor, Coastal Engineering Laboratory, Civil and Coastal En- gineering Department, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32601. Graduate programs in marine biology are designed for student needs, utilizing courses and research opportunities in the Department of Zoology. Areas of special interest are ecology, systematic ichthyology, developmental biology and comparative physiology and behavior. The University of Florida Marine Laboratory at Cedar Key on the Gulf Coast provides facilities for fieldwork in a wide variety of habitats. The C.V. Whitney Marine Institute of the Univer- sity of Florida, located at Marineland, provides research fa- cilities on the Atlantic Coast. Large vessels for coastal and shelf research are available to qualified students through a university system-wide cooperative program. Contact: Dr. Peter Anderson, The Whitney Laboratory for Marine Biosci- ence, University of Florida, 9505 Ocean Shore Blvd., St. Augustine, FL 32080. Courses and research in marine botany and marine ge- ology are provided by other departments. Contact: Chair- man, Botany Department, or Chairman, Geology Depart- ment, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611. Course and research programs in systems analysis and environmental modeling in coastal and estuarine eco- systems are part of a program offered in environmental engineering. Contact: Dr. W.E. Bolch, Acting Chairman, Environmental Engineering Sciences, 217 Black Hall, Uni- versity of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611. Degrees offered: M.S., Ph.D. in related fields. University of Miami, Rosenstiel School Of Marine & Atmospheric Science Virginia Key, Fla. The campus of the Rosenstiel School is comprised of 16.5 acres located on an island in Biscayne Bay in a tropical es- tuarine system surrounded by greater Miami. Also located on Virginia Key are NOAA's Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratories and the Southeast Fisheries Center of the National Marine Fisheries Service. The cam- pus is surrounded by a series of unique, complex natural marine laboratories: the Gulf Stream flowing by its door- step; a tract of living coral reefs just offshore, the only coral reefs in the continental U.S.; the adjoining national treasures of Biscayne National Park, Florida Keys Marine Sanctuary and Everglades National Park; and the Bahamas- laboratory with running seawater and small boats. The state of Florida provides 10- and 32-meter vessels for teaching and research projects. Students may specialize in biological, geo- chemical or physical oceanography. The program has strong interaction with the departments and programs of chemistry, physics, biological sciences, mathematics, meteorology, sta- tistics and geology, as well as with the Nuclear Research Cen- ter, the Department of Scientific Computing, the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Institute and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory. Contact: Academic Coordinator, Oceanog- raphy, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306-4320; 650-644-6205;; http://eoas.fsu. edu. Degrees offered: M.S., Ph.D. in oceanography and M.S. in aquatic environmental science. Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Fort Pierce, Fla. The location of Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI) provides a unique opportunity for students, teachers and researchers alike to experience an ecological system not found at any other institution in the United States. Vero Beach and Fort Pierce are located in a transitional zone between warm temperature to the north and subtropical to the south for climate, vegetation and animal populations. HBOI of- fers various nondegree programs: a post-doctoral fellowship program offers 18-month awards on a competitive basis in the marine sciences, marine pharmacology, ocean engineer- ing and coastal, environmental and aquacultural sciences. A graduate student program assists students completing a master's or Ph.D. degree (students collaborate with, and are advised by, HBOI staff). A summer intern program gives undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in a full-time college program learning/work experience in a re- search environment with pay. A summer course program of- fers intensive undergraduate and graduate-level courses with financial aid available. Co-op work study and winter course programs may also be arranged. Affiliations with various private and state universities allow for development of academic programs tailored to the needs of the student. Institutional facilities include well-equipped labs for research; an oceanographic fleet including ships, manned submersibles, ROVs and small boats; computer ser- vices; a library; a museum; and a 21,000-square-foot edu- cation and conference center with a 350-seat auditorium, seminar rooms, classrooms, a wet lab and state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment. Contact: Dr. Dennis Hanisak, J. Seward Johnson Marine Education and Conference Center, 5600 U.S. #1 North, Fort Pierce, FL 34946; 775-465-2400, ext. 306. Mote Marine Laboratory Sarasota, Fla. There are two programs available for students ages 14 to 18. Southwest Florida Marine Ecology is a one-week day course taught at Mote Marine Laboratory and Marine Ecology. History and Cultural Heritage of the Lower Florida Keys is a residential program conducted at Mote's new Tropical Center for Marine Studies on Summerland Key, Florida. Students can take part in this program either as a snorkeler or, if they are scuba certi- fied, as a diver. If both of these programs are completed, the curricula are designed to satisfy the Florida summer school requirements for one half-credit in the natural sciences. Most other states have also awarded one half-credit for these two programs. These two programs are also offered for professional educa- tors. Teachers can take either course by itself or both weeks back to back. Contact: Dr. Ray Thacker, Director of Education, Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota, FL 34236-1096;; Newfound Harbor Marine Institute Big Pine Key, Fla. Operated by Seacamp Association Inc., a private nonprofit educational organization, the institute is a full-service educa- tion and research organization in the Florida Keys, offering teacher workshops and complete field trip services to grades 4 to 12, college students and adult groups. The institute is just a short boat trip from Looe Key within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, one of only a few living coral reef tracts adjacent to the continental United States. A fleet of nine oceanographic vessels are maintained by the insti- tute, available with qualified marine scientists and guides. Housing, meal service, lab space, a library and instructors are available. Located on Big Pine Key, the institute has access to a wide array of tropical environments. Contact: Director, Newfound Harbor Marine Institute, 1300 Big Pine Ave., Big Pine Key, FL 33043; 305-872-2331; Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center Dania, Fla. The Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center (NSUOC) has been actively involved in graduate and un- dergraduate marine science education and oceanographic research for over 48 years. The NSUOC has academic and research concentrations in biological and physical oceanog- raphy. Areas of interest include coral reef studies, shark con- servation, modeling of large-scale ocean circulation, coastal dynamics, ocean atmosphere coupling, benthic ecology, ma- rine biodiversity, calcification of invertebrates, marine fisheries, Branch Oceanographic Institute. Participating faculty have appointments at HBOI and the College of Science. Areas of concentration include: marine biology; coastal and geologi- cal science; conservation and ecology; remote sensing and GIS; chemistry; and statistics and communication. Contact: Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Florida Atlantic Uni- versity, 5600 U.S. Hwy 1, Fort Pierce, FL 34946; crossmel@ Degree offered: master of science in marine science and oceanography. Florida Institute of Technology Melbourne, Fla. The Department of Marine and Environmental Systems offers B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in oceanography, ocean engi- neering, Earth remote sensing and environmental science and meteorology. Undergraduates have options in marine environmental studies; biological, chemical and physical oceanography; and meteorology. Also offered are M.S. and Ph.D. options in biological, chemical, geological and physi- cal oceanography, as well as an M.S. in coastal zone man- agement. In addition, the department offers B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in ocean engineering. Research is very diverse, reflecting all available options, including studies from the es- tuary/lagoon and coastal environs to midocean hydrothermal vents. Summer programs are conducted in the Indian River Lagoon, Florida Keys and coastal Florida. Cooperative as- sociates, including Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, the Caribbean Marine Research Center and Kennedy Space Center, provide a wide range of facilities. Additional facili- ties include a waterfront lab with flowing seawater and well- equipped research vessels. Contact: Dr. George A. Maul, department head, Department of Marine and Environmental Systems, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida 32901-6988. The Department of Biological Sciences offers B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in marine biology and aquaculture. For- mal coursework, as well as faculty research interests, em- phasize and apply the classical biological sciences (ecology, physiology, taxonomy, biochemistry, botany and microbiol- ogy) to the investigation and analysis of marine biological systems. Because of its subtropical location, the program offers unique opportunities for year-round fieldwork in a variety of nearby marine habitats, including mangrove, reef, lagoonal and high-energy beach systems. Summer programs are conducted in the Florida Keys, the Bahamas and Central America. Cooperative agreements with associated institu- tions (Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, the Caribbean Marine Research Center, Florida Department of Natural Re- sources and NASA) provide extensive facilities and a high degree of flexibility in the marine biology graduate program. Contact: Head, Department of Biological Sciences, Florida Institute of Technology, 150 West University Blvd., Mel- bourne, FL 32901-6975. Florida International University Miami, Fla. The university offers a B.S. curriculum in marine biology and has a 57,000-square-foot marine laboratory. The Department of Biological Sciences offers B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in biological sciences, with an emphasis on marine biology. The graduate program focuses on the research interests of the faculty, which include marine botany, marine ecology, population ecology and genetics, phycology, coral biology, crustacean physiology, immunology, marine microbiology, functional morphology and ichthyology. The undergraduate program consists of a degree in biological sciences with a concentration in marine biology, where elective courses are chosen in consultation with a faculty adviser. Research facilities include three closed recirculating seawater sys- tems ranging from 1,500 to 6,000 liters, a field lab with an 84,000-liter open seawater system, small boats for nearshore work and a full complement of laboratory facilities, includ- ing transmission and scanning electron microscopes. Florida International University is a member of the Florida Institute of Oceanography. The institute's 19-meter RV Bellows and the Florida Keys Marine Laboratory, located in Long Key, are available for use in conjunction with coursework and re- search. Contact: Florida International University, Department of Biological Sciences, Office of Graduate Studies, University Park, Miami, FL 33199 for information on graduate programs, or Office of the Chairperson for undergraduate information. Florida Keys Community College Key West, Fla. Courses are offered in environmental marine science, scuba diving, scuba instructor training, underwater photography, marine propulsion, fiberglass boat building and repair, ma- rine parts, divemaster, marine electronics and lifesaving. A.S. degrees are offered in marine engineering, diving business and technology, and marine environmental science. Contact: Director of Enrollment Services, Florida Keys Community College, 5901 College Rd., Key West, FL 33040-4397; 305- 296-9081; fax: 305-292-5155; Florida State University Tallahassee, Fla. Oceanography in the Department of Earth, Ocean and At- mospheric Science at Florida State University offers gradu- ate research and academic programs. The college offers on- campus, high-performance computing capacity and a shore facility at Turkey Point on the Gulf of Mexico, providing a

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