News Around the Lab

A Tribute to Robert Treat Paine (1933-2016)


A graduate student from the University of Michigan arrived at the Florida State University Oceanographic Institute in 1958 (thanks to a travel grant from the Lerner Research Fellowship) with few funds, no boat, and no place to live. The director of the lab, Dr. Harold Humm, welcomed him to free lodging and a free boat to do what he was clearly prepared to do – study the ecology, range, and habitat of brachiopods and delve into the complex food web and predator-prey interactions of a diverse array of carnivorous snails. So started Bob Paine’s association with FSU.

Launching scholarship to sea: FSUCML receives $100,000 endowment


Florida State University alumni Tommy Warren and Kathy Villacorta’s gift creates the Coastal and Marine Conservation Student Research Endowment to provide support for graduate student research into protecting and conserving coastal and marine habitats, ecologically and economically important marine species, and sustainable fisheries. Learn more about their generous gift.

FSUCML hosts researchers from all over the world to discuss Arctic Permafrost


Roughly 30 researchers from three continents (North America, Australia, Europe) and six U. S. Universities (including Dr. Jeff Chanton from Florida State University) met at the Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory last week (February 26 -28, 2016) for a workshop on permafrost decomposition in the Arctic.

Burning for Good


We have begun a restoration project of our own at the Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory (FSUCML). We are working on returning fire to a Longleaf pine forest on the lab property, along the North 70 tract. This is an exciting restoration project, but it also comes with a unique set of challenges.