Who We Are and What We Do: Our Mission
Our mission is to conduct innovative, interdisciplinary research focused on the coastal and marine ecosystems of the Wider Caribbean that contribute to solving the ecological problems of the region by providing the scientific underpinnings for informed policy decisions.
The Wider Caribbean includes the large marine ecosystems of the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean Sea, and the southeast U.S. Continental Shelf (thus covering both Florida coasts) – an area that is both enormously underserved and of high economic and geostrategic value.
The Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory will be among the premier laboratories in the country addressing issues of marine and coastal conservation, management, and sustainability that are local to global in scope and range from the molecular to the ecosystem level in scale, shaping the future of the Wider Caribbean through exceptional research and service that enhances the resiliency of marine systems surrounding this region.
Research is conducted by faculty, postdoctoral associates, graduate students, and undergraduate investigators from the FSUCML, from the main campus, and from other universities throughout the world. We have strong ties with scientists from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, NOAA Fisheries, the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, and the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, as well as with a number of environmental organizations, including the Nature Conservancy, the Apalachicola Riverkeeper, and the Pew Charitable Trust.
The laboratory welcomes investigators and educational groups from all over the world, and provides a wonderful site for working retreats. Read about our facilities and marine operations, and then make your reservation.
The FSUCML holds active memberships in the following organizations:
- The Southern Association of Marine Laboratories (SAML)
- The National Association of Marine Laboratories (NAML)
- The American Academy of Underwater Science (AAUS)
- The Scientific Boating Safety Association (SBSA)
- Carrabelle Area Chamber of Commerce
- Wakulla County Chamber of Commerce
- Apalachicola Bay Chamber Of Commerce