UM Rosenstiel School ‘Broadens’ Horizons with Broad Key Research Station

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VIRGINIA KEY, Fla — The University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science today announced that it has launched a research and education field station on Broad Key, Fla.  The facility will provide faculty and students with expanded opportunities to conduct research throughout the Florida Keys. Located in the North Keys, just two miles away from John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, the 63-acre island provides scientists with direct access to Florida’s sub-tropical marine ecosystem.

“The use of Broad Key beginning this Fall semester is going to provide our renowned marine and climate scientists with an ideal platform from which to launch field courses that will help us to better understand Florida’s complex marine ecosystems,” said Dr. Roni Avissar, dean of UM’s Rosenstiel School.

Broad Key features a five-bedroom Great House built in 1952 by Arthur Vining Davis and a caretaker's cottage that will be used by the University. The island also boasts a large boathouse and 33-foot dock that can accommodate watercraft with up to a 6-foot draft, as well as its own water storage, solar generator power system, state-of-the-art satellite communications.

“Its relative proximity to Miami will encourage faculty members to take full advantage of this resource, which will help to further advance our renowned research programs,” Avissar added. 

The island was purchased in 1997 by the grandson of Mrs. Louise Candler Eldridge, a member of the Coca-Cola¨ family, and he has worked with the University to update the property and establish it as a field station that can be used by budding marine biologists, meteorologists and ecologists as they study the environment.

About the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School
The University of Miami is the largest private research institution in the southeastern United States. The University’s mission is to provide quality education, attract and retain outstanding students, support the faculty and their research, and build an endowment for University initiatives.

Founded in the 1940’s, the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science has grown into one of the world’s premier marine and atmospheric research institutions. Offering dynamic interdisciplinary academics, the Rosenstiel School is dedicated to helping communities to better understand the planet, participating in the establishment of environmental policies, and aiding in the improvement of society and quality of life. For more information, please visit

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