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Research Guide

The habitats surrounding the laboratory are both architecturally complex and biologically rich, providing incredible opportunities for discovery. Couple this with facilities that range from a 65-ft research vessel to laboratories providing for both closed system and mesocosm experimentation and it is the perfect formula for scientific inquiry.

We encourage researchers from the FSU main campus and from research institutions across the globe to use the FSUCML as a research base. Facilities available include classrooms, laboratories, and research equipment. If you need help in the field, in the lab, or with care and feeding of organisms, please contact our lead Marine Research Technician, at (850) 645 – 3474 or  

Research Plan

Scientists interested in conducting research using the FSUCML as a base must submit a research plan that includes details on the type of research, copies of all permits, and the support required from the laboratory to ensure the coordination of all projects. Also required is a map indicating any field sites, the area being used, and the expected length of time the study will continue.

The Research Plan Submission form can be downloaded here: Research Plan Form. Please fill out the form (including copies of relevant permits and Animal Care and Use protocols) and submit it to Cullen Morris (

The intent here is to avoid any conflicts among research projects. At the conclusion of all projects, the principal investigator is responsible for removing all site markings, cages, and other non-permanent structures, and cleaning laboratory space. See the Classroom Website for descriptions of habitats in close proximity to the laboratory.


All FSUCML users collecting organisms for research or educational purposes are required to have current collection permits from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (email: or other appropriate agency (e.g., NOAA, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service). All users should limit collections to the minimum required for research or educational purposes to minimize damage to the local environment. Specimens no longer needed for education or research must be returned to their collection sites.

Animal Care & Use Requirements

Any FSUCML lab users collecting vertebrate organisms for research or educational purposes must have a current animal care and use protocol approved by their home institution’s animal care and use committee. For FSU scientists, submit your protocol to the FSU Animal Care & Use Committee (ACUC) for approval.

Submit Copies of Permits and Protocols

Have a research plan in place?  Send updated permits and approved animal care and use protocols to prior to initiating any research at the lab.

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 25, 2024 at 12:49 PM