Florida Institute of Oceanography



  • Congressman David Jolly honors Dr. Bill Hogarth

    Congressman David Jolly honors Dr. Bill Hogarth

  • FIO's R/V Weatherbird II and USF's Dr. Steve Murawski return from 'One Gulf Expedition'

    FIO's R/V Weatherbird II and USF's Dr. Steve Murawski return from 'One Gulf Expedition'

    Researchers from USF College of Marine Science's Center for Integrated Modeling and Analysis of Gulf Ecosystems (C-IMAGE) with colleagues from across the country
    and internationally are home from a 40 day expedition to circumnavigate the Gulf of Mexico studying the Deepwater Horizon and Ixtoc I spills. Sediment coring, bottom long
    line fishing and water samples are planned through the month long expedition. Learn more from the C-IMAGE One Gulf Expedition Hub at http://goo.gl/osf4eV

  • American Fisheries Society honors recently retired Dr. William T. Hogarth of the Florida Institute of Oceanography with the Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award
    at the 2016 American Fisheries Society (AFS) Annual Meeting in Kansas City, Missouri. This award recognizes Hogarth's 51-year-career in research and leadership in
    conservation of fishery resources and fisheries nationally and globally.

  • New FIO R/V Vessel Under Construction

    New FIO R/V Vessel Under Construction

    Several FIO members contributed towards a new research vessel being built by Duckworth Steel Boats, completion is expected by July 2017. Learn more at http://www.fio.usf.edu/vessels/rv-construction

  • Who We Are

    Who We Are

    FIO is a State University System of Florida Academic Infrastructure Support Organization, established by the Board of Governors. Our host institution is the University
    of South Florida. We are a consortium of Florida’s marine science research and education institutions and we operate two Research Vessels and the Keys Marine Lab.

  • FAU (FIO Member)'s Dr. Shirley Pomponi Pomponi - Mariana Trench Expedition

    FAU (FIO Member)'s Dr. Shirley Pomponi Pomponi - Mariana Trench Expedition

    Dr. Shirley Pomponi, Executive Director of the Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research and Technology (CIOERT) headquartered at FAU Harbor Branch recently returned from a NOAA-funded expedition to the Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench. Pomponi acted as science co-lead on leg three of the cruise, which concluded in mid-July. (Image courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas.)

  • R/V Weatherbird II

    R/V Weatherbird II

    This 115ft general purpose coastal ocean Research Vessel has been operated by FIO since 2008. The home port is St. Petersburg, Florida. It carries a crew of 7 and a
    scientific party of 13 to support a broad range of research and education programs, and also participated in data collection immediately after the Deep Horizon Oil Spill.

  • R/V Bellows

    R/V Bellows

    This 71ft shallow draft coastal Research Vessel operates mainly in estuarine and near-shore waters. The home port is St. Petersburg, Florida. It carries a crew of 4,
    a science party of 10, and is the primary vessel supporting educational cruises. Over 10,000 students had their first sea-going experience and career training on this vessel.

  • Keys Marine Laboratory

    Keys Marine Laboratory

    The Keys Marine Laboratory, situated right in the middle of the Florida Keys, is a platform that provides unique opportunities for short and long term field and laboratory experiences and research for undergraduate and graduate students and academic and non-academic scientists.

  • Research

    Research

    Our mission is to facilitate, promote, and support collaborative ocean-related research. Our members study environmental issues of importance to Florida such as oil and
    dispersant impacts on the Gulf ecosystem, hurricanes, corals, and red tide. FIO played a key role in Florida’s scientific response to the BP Oil Spill in 2010.

  • Education

    Education

    For over 40 years the FIO has provided marine field experience for tens of thousands of students from Florida and beyond, inspiring many of them to continue a career in a
    STEM field. Over 40 are now marine science professors in Florida’s educational institutions, passing on their knowledge to new generations.

  • Florida RESTORE Act Centers of Excellence Program (FLRACEP)

    Florida RESTORE Act Centers of Excellence Program (FLRACEP)

    FIO is the Gulf coast state entity responsible for administering the Florida RESTORE Act Centers of Excellence Program (FLRACEP).

  • Meet our Members

    Meet our Members

    Meet FIO member institutions from all parts of the state. These include academic institutions, government agencies, non-profit institutions, and for-profit institutions.

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Florida RESTORE Act Centers of Excellence Program's initial Request for Proposals (RFP) focuses on fisheries and wildlife research and monitoring in the Gulf of Mexico off the west coast of Florida. Read More.

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