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Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute is a world class research organization with a focus on exploring the marine environments, studying key species and understanding the connection between humans and the ocean. Founded in 1971 as Harbor Branch Oceanographic Foundation, Inc., the Institute expanded its reach to over 100 miles along Florida’s east coast when it joined Florida Atlantic University in 2007. Located in St. Lucie County, our 144-acre campus along the Indian River Lagoon employs over 200 scientists, engineers, educators, staff and students. To this day, the Institute actively pursues solution-oriented research that addresses some of the most critical issues affecting coastal zones, oceans and human well-being.
FAU researchers are seeking additional participants in Cape Coral for a study evaluating the potential impacts of exposure to harmful algal blooms.
A long-term FAU Harbor Branch study shows since 2011, parts of the Indian River Lagoon's benthic cover has changed from primarily seagrass until 2015, to primarily the green macroalga C. prolifera after 2018.
FAU has launched its new School of Environmental, Coastal, and Ocean Sustainability (ECOS), creating a comprehensive environmental hub at the university.
Researchers from Florida Atlantic University evaluating potential impacts of exposure to harmful algal blooms.