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Coastal & Marine Laboratory Research

The research program at the Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory focuses on coastal and marine issues of ecological importance, that provide the scientific basis for policy decisions. The program is transdisciplinary in nature, based on an ecosystem-level approach.

This kind of program at this time is critically important because the northwest Florida coast is facing a dramatic increase in coastal development.

The northeastern Gulf of Mexico marine ecosystem is woefully understudied; yet, it is among the most biologically diverse and productive systems in the United States, both inshore and offshore, supporting commercial and recreational fisheries valued in the billions of dollars and providing a suite of ecosystem services without which the area could not survive. Given the potential for human-induced threats to this ecosystem from fishing impacts, oil and gas exploration and development, and water rediversion projects, the need is acute to identify and classify the area into spatially and temporally specific regions.

Please help us complete the list of publications emanating from the research conducted at the marine lab (including FSU Oceanographic Institute and the FSU Marine Laboratory) by sending citations to fcoleman@fsu.edu. Appropriate papers include those citing use of either lab as a research site, a base for conducting research, or using equipment or staff support. Click here to see what we already have listed. If you would like a copy in ENDNOTE, please send your request to fcoleman@fsu.edu.