Florida Institute of Oceanography



  • Hurricane Irma Update

    Hurricane Irma Update

    The Keys Marine Lab staff and facility sustained significant damage from Hurricane Irma.
    Get Press release information at http://www.fio.usf.edu/about-us/press-releases

  •  Inaugural Marine Science Symposium Meeting Announcement <br /> ...and call for Student Talks and Posters

    Inaugural Marine Science Symposium Meeting Announcement
    ...and call for Student Talks and Posters

    The inaugural Florida Marine Science Symposium will showcase presentations on the current state of Florida’s unique habitats, coastal ecosystem dynamics, and fish and wildlife populations, as well as panel discussions and cross-disciplinary synthesis of selected topics. Learn more at http://www.fio.usf.edu/research/

  • Sign up by Aug. 18th for the Sept. 14th KML AAUS Scientific Diving Proficiency Workshop

    Sign up by Aug. 18th for the Sept. 14th KML AAUS Scientific Diving Proficiency Workshop

    FIO's Keys Marine Lab (KML) is hosting the American Academy of Underwater Science (AAUS) Divers-in-Training (DIT). Learn more and sign up for this Scientific Diver Proficiency course at https://www.enrole.com/usf/jsp/index.jsp?categoryId=10145

  • R/V W. T. Hogarth christened May 23, 2017!

    R/V W. T. Hogarth christened May 23, 2017!

    Several FIO members contributed towards FIO Fleet's 78' research vessel built by Duckworth Steel Boats. Read more and view TV news reports of the christening on May 23, 2017 (http://www.fio.usf.edu/vessels/rv-construction).

  • FIO still supporting research on impacts 7 years after BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill

    FIO still supporting research on impacts 7 years after BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill

    Thursday, April 20th marks seven years since BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, killing 11 workers and leading to the largest oil spill in U.S. history, read more at https://www.fio.usf.edu/documents/DHPressRelease4FIOpage_ehfr.docx

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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

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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