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

Roughly 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 providing infrastructure support for coastal oceanographic research and education. FIO supports the state of Florida with two Regional Class Research Vessels and a full-service Marine Laboratory.

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/FIO’s 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,...

Ship granted to USF will enhance Florida Institute of Oceanography’s efforts to build a robust ocean science and maritime workforce

Florida Representatives and City of St. Petersburg Leadership join Office of Naval Research Leadership, Mayor Ken Welch, USF President Law and Dr. Monty Graham to welcome the R/V Western Flyer to St. Petersburg after Wednesday’s Welcome Ceremony. Photo credit: Cliff McBride ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (July 12, 2023) – After a 4,000-mile journey, a 117-foot twin-hulled...

Honoring John Ogden

An Ocean Hero, A Mentor to so Many, A Friend to All Posted in partnership with the USF College of Marine Science We are sad about the passing of Dr. John Ogden.  He died peacefully on Monday, June 25, 2023. Please read more about this great human being and his tremendous legacy as described in...


The Florida RESTORE Act Centers of Excellence Program (FLRACEP), hosted at the Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO), will award over $2.8M in funding to researchers in the state to support a resilient Gulf environment and economy. The Centers of Excellence projects will focus on the impacts of restoration work along the Florida Gulf coast, with...

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