About KML


The KML Administrative building.

Institutional Affiliations

The Keys Marine Laboratory (KML), located at mile marker 68.5 bayside on Long Key, in the City of Layton, Florida, is operated by the Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO), a consortium under the State University System of Florida (SUS), and is hosted by the University of South Florida (USF). KML was established in 1987 as a full-service marine research and education center serving undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and researchers from the state, national and international scientific communities. KML, through FIO, is a member of the National Association of Marine Laboratories (NAML), Southern Association of Marine Laboratories (SAML), and the Association of Marine Laboratories of the Caribbean (AMLC). 

Strategic Plan

KML has made considerable progress on improvements to infrastructure . We are excited to share our plans for the facilities and programs available at the Keys Marine Laboratory.

View the KML Strategic Plan

KML Team

The Keys Marine Lab has 7 full time staff including administrative, science, and maintenance positions. 

Meet our Team

KML Blog

Check here for updates on the goings on at the Lab!

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KML History

KML was founded in 1991 when it was established as a Marine Research Station by the State University System of Florida  KML grounds and facilities along with the island of Long Key have a storied and rich history. From pre-WWII fish camps, to recreational marinas, and even as a Sea world public attraction. 

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