Ocean Science for a Better World

Ocean Science for a Better World®

Virtual Resources

Virtual Resources for teachers, students and ocean lovers of all ages

Gift Shop

FAU Harbor Branch Gift Shop


FAU Harbor Branch prioritizes solution-oriented research that addresses critical issues affecting coastal zone, oceans, and human well-being. Research scientists take a global approach, conducting studies around the world in varying climates, ecosystems, and cultures.
Harbor Branch campus building

Harbor Branch

5600 US 1 North, Fort Pierce, FL 34946 772.242.2400
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 Seeks Participants for Study on Effects of Harmful Algal Blooms
FAU Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute researchers are currently seeking participants for a study evaluating potential impacts of exposure to harmful algal blooms.
FAU Receives $2.8 Million Gift for Queen Conch Farm in Grand Bahama
FAU's Harbor Branch has received a $2.8 million gift to establish a queen conch hatchery in Grand Bahama. The project is built on a network of collaborators to secure local support and collaboration.
Does Current Shellfish Culture Gear Curb 'Crunching' Rays?
Marine rays like to "crunch" on clams, which can sometimes take a big bite out of clammers' profits. FAU Harbor Branch researchers assessed the efficacy of anti-predator materials on whitespotted eagle rays.
FAU Lands U.S. EPA Grant for 'Hands-on' Indian River Lagoon Field Trip
FAU Harbor Branch has received a $399,963 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) South Florida Initiative Program to support a new Indian River Lagoon field trip program.
HBOI ocean fish