Broad Key Welcomes the Inaugural ‘Cane Research Trip

Rosenstiel School Students and professor study coral reefs near Broad Key

diver Courtney Kiel is recording benthic cover and coral health data during a snorkel survey at a patch reef just seaward of Broad Key.
Photo Credit: Evan D’Alessandro

MIAMI — April 18, 2011 — University of Miami Marine Biology and Fisheries Associate Professor Chris Langdon, led the inaugural student trip to the University’s new research station on Broad Key, Fla. The team took the brief 45-minute ride from the Rosenstiel School dock and spent time studying local coral reefs surrounding the island. Students and faculty stayed in the Great House, which has permanent accommodations for 20 people.

“I was so excited to get the first group out there and showcase the island. We had gorgeous weather, and really couldn’t have asked for a better weekend,” said Evan D’Alessandro, the Broad Key site manager.

Renee Carlton, was one of the students who took the weekend trip. “We studied the patch reefs off the coast, doing coral cover measurements for most of the day. The sites were beautiful and all looked pretty healthy, which makes the research so enjoyable.” Carlton is a student in the Rosenstiel School’ new Masters of Professional Science designed for students who seek advanced training in the fields of marine science and conservation. In its first full year of operation, this 12-18 month program gives participants an unparalleled learning experience that positions them to successfully enter today’s competitive job market.

Langdon believes Broad Key will be a vital asset to his research and to his teaching repertoire. “With easy access from the quick commute, we will be able to help students get valuable field experience more frequently and introduce students to corals and seagrass beds we currently study in the classroom and lab. This is such an important tool for Rosenstiel to have at our disposal.”

British student Adam Porter agrees, and notes the importance of fieldwork. “Being able to engage in yet another field experience as an international student was great.”

Rosenstiel professors have begun to schedule regular student research trips to Broad Key. From the healthy population of mangroves, coral reefs, fish populations, and even atmospheric interests, Broad Key has plenty to offer. Internships on the island have also been discussed as a possibility in the future.

About the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School
The University of Miami’s mission is to educate and nurture students, to create knowledge, and to provide service to our community and beyond. Committed to excellence and proud of the diversity of our University family, we strive to develop future leaders of our nation and the world. 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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