Marine Biology & Ecology

Marine Biology & Ecology Research

A scientist traverses between Everglades waterways and the Gulf coast, gathering samples to evaluate in the lab for Karenia brevis, the cause of persistent harmful algal blooms. Another dons a flame-orange jumpsuit on a Coast Guard cutter in the Arctic collecting zooplankton that seem to play a pivotal role in observing global climate change.  Yet another scuba dives at midnight in the Keys in the turbid August waters of hurricane season to study the once-a-year staghorn coral spawning. Back at Rosenstiel School are researchers who go between their flow cytometers and squat toadfish to retrieve genomic clues about ammonia toxicity that could ultimately help humans with early-onset liver disease.

Being situated adjacent to the only coral reef ecosystem of the continental United States, the Caribbean Sea and at the beginning of the Gulf Stream offers a variety of research venues, these scenarios are but a fraction of the cutting-edge biologic research happening at the Rosenstiel School and amongst its researchers. The Rosenstiel School provides its students and faculty with outstanding field, laboratory, and theoretical research opportunities. 

Within the MBE department, our personnel have ready access to the NOAA Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratories (AOML), the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Southeast Fisheries Center (SEFC), the relatively nearby National Florida Keys Marine Sanctuary, and the various associated research disciplines within the University of Miami. 

Current area of research include:

  • Coral Reef Biology and Ecology
  • Fisheries Biology and Management for Sustainability 
  • Mangrove and Marshland Ecology 
  • Coastal Ecosystem Ecology 
  • Theoretical Marine Life Population Dynamics
  • Zooplankton and Phytoplankton Ecology
  • Genomics
  • Microbiology, Marine Toxins, and Marine Organism Diseases
  • Annimal Behavior and Physiology
  • Zoogeography and Invertebrate Systematics
  • Fish Stock Assessment
  • Marine Reserves and Ecological Modeling