The FIO Consortium

The FIO Consortium

FIO has 32 Full, Associate, and Affiliate member institutions including universities and research associations. 

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Students taken to sea at Florida Institute of Oceanography

Students taken to sea

Over 10,000 undergraduates, graduates, and doctoral students have been to sea on FIO’s research vessels.

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FIO Scientific Publications supported

Publications supported

Over 475 publications supported. 

Who We Are

FIO is a 32-Member Consortium that enables excellence in coastal and ocean science and education. FIO supports the state of Florida with three large Research Vessels, a full-service Marine Laboratory, advanced programming, and educational opportunities.

FIO ensures sustained excellence in marine research and education through the advancement and availability of infrastructure, development of partnerships, and the enabling of outcomes that benefit the people of Florida. FIO serves as an enabler, facilitator and coordinator across academia, state and federal agencies, ocean science organizations and the private sector.

What we do

Florida Institute of Oceanography focuses on four primary areas: Operations, Academic Support, Research Support, and Business Engagement.
Florida Institute of Oceanography - Operations, Vessels, and Laboratory

Supporting At Sea Education and Research through Research Vessels.

Welcome to the Keys Marine Lab

Operations - Laboratory

Supporting Keys-based Education and Research through Keys Marine Laboratory.

Academic Support (Hogarth Positioning, Multi-Institution Courses)

Academic Support

FIO offers experiential learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students in ocean science disciplines and much more.

Research Support (FLRACEP, FCMaP)

The Florida Institute of Oceanography promotes research collaborations  among FIO member institutions.

Business Engagement - FIO

Business Engagement

FIO provides a venue, whether virtual or physical, for integrating marine and coastal research and education with business and economic development entities across the state’s “Blue Economy”.

FIO News

Stay up to date with Florida Institute of Oceanography news.

USF and Florida Institute of Oceanography’s new remotely operated vehicle to advance deep sea exploration and education

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (July 8, 2024) – Researchers studying the deep sea have access to a powerful new tool with the acquisition of a sophisticated, remotely operated vehicle (ROV) by the University of South Florida and Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO). Named Taurus, the ROV can reach depths of up to 2.5 miles, allowing for...

Charting the Course: Announcing FLRACEP’s Next Decade-Long Strategy for Gulf Resilience

Charting the Course: Announcing FLRACEP’s Next Decade-Long Strategy for Gulf Resilience The Florida RESTORE Act Centers of Excellence Program (FLRACEP), hosted at the Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO), recently finalized a new 10-year Strategic Plan to support a resilient Gulf environment and economy. The next decade of Centers of Excellence projects will focus on research...

Florida Institute of Oceanography’s Keys Marine Laboratory, hosted by USF, to return rescued corals back to the sea

By Matthew Cimitile, USF University Communications and Marketing After housing more than 5,000 rescued corals for three months due to unprecedented water temperatures that caused a massive coral bleaching event off the coast of Florida, the Florida Institute of Oceanography’s (FIO) Keys Marine Laboratory (KML) is now ready to return corals to the sea. FIO is hosted by the University of...

Keys Marine Laboratory to house thousands of corals to mitigate impact from historic ocean heat wave

By Matthew Cimitile, USF University Communications and Marketing As unprecedented heat waves and escalating water temperatures in South Florida create a massive coral bleaching event, the University of South Florida (USF) and Florida Institute of Oceanography’s (FIO) Keys Marine Laboratory (KML) are quickly stepping in to house thousands of coral in an attempt to save them. Currently,...

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