For more than four decades, the Florida Institute of Oceanography has unified marine science interests across Florida in the cause of understanding and stewardship of the coastal oceans. FIO is taking a leading national role in the scientific assessment of the impact of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Florida is a state whose history, economy and culture are intertwined with the waters that surround it. Recognizing the need to protect and understand this central force and shared heritage, 20 institutions and agencies from across the state work collaboratively through FIO to maximize marine research and education resources. FIO’s goal is to provide a forum for addressing the challenges facing our oceans and develop strategies for civic engagement, natural resource management and public policy which preserves and protects ocean resources. The Earth system is changing and the future will require an educated and informed populace and a new generation of ocean scientists, engineers, and policy leaders to maintain a productive and sustainable environment. FIO aims to transform Florida’s scientific capabilities in ocean research while providing the education and marine management skills needed to protect our treasured marine environment.
FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
Behind the Science – A Wednesday Web Chat on May 27, featured Laurent Chérubin, Ph.D., an associate research professor of Physical Oceanography at FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. Dr. Chérubin specializes in the understanding of ocean dynamics—the study of why the water moves the way it moves. His work establishes the connection between forces that act on the ocean, such as gravity, the earth’s rotation, wind, the moon, heat from the sun and the water’s motions. This research provides a deep understanding of the environmental forces that affect ocean ecosystems at multiples levels of the food chain. In 2000, Chérubin was awarded his Ph.D. from The University of Aix-Marseille in Marseille, France. He is currently FAU’s lead investigator on “Grouper Guard,” a four-year PALS project, and has been awarded up to $5 million from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) as part of the Persistent Aquatic Living Sensors (PALS) program. Dr. Chérubin grew up in the French West Indies island of Guadeloupe where his love of the ocean, fishing and surfing was born.