Ocean Science for a Better World

Ocean Science for a Better World®

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50 Years of Ocean Science for a Better World®!

Research

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.
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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.
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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Mission Statement

Teamwork is a key component of FAU Harbor Branch’s mission of ‘Ocean Science for a Better World®.’ We believe that groundbreaking discoveries are rooted in collaborations between people with diverse backgrounds and perspectives. This encompasses inclusion and equity across race, gender, age, nationality, ability and religion, as well as the complex intersectionality of these experiences. We are committed to enriching our campus culture, nurturing an environment that empowers everyone and inspiring the next generation of marine scientists and ocean stewards!
NEWS
FAU Seeks Participants for Study on Effects of Harmful Algal Blooms
Researchers from FAU's Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute are seeking participants for a study evaluating potential impacts of exposure to harmful algal blooms.
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Water Quality Woes in S.W. Florida Linked to Seeping Septic Systems
Multiple lines of evidence from a multi-year microbial source tracking study by FAU Harbor Branch researchers points to septic systems as a contributing source for water quality decline in southwest Florida.
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FAU Names New Dean of Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Florida Atlantic University has announced Valery Forbes, Ph.D., as its new dean of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, effective Aug. 10.
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Study Shows Hydrology Impacts on West Florida's Continental Shelf
FAU Harbor Branch researcher and collaborator demonstrate the impacts of climate warming and water management on West Florida's Continental Shelf using a high-resolution simulation model.
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