Keys Marine Laboratory

The Keys Marine Laboratory is a full-service marine field station located at mile marker 68.5, situated right in the middle of the Florida Keys and is an excellent base of operations for your next field excursion. It 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. KML offers an ideal location with easy access to Florida Bay, the Everglades National Park, the Florida Current, and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. The facility provides a unique opportunity for college level education and researchers studying the only tropical marine ecosystems in the continental United States.

The Keys Marine Laboratory supplies many solutions for research and education needs, including two expanded seawater systems: a new state-of-the-art seawater well system and a bay seawater system. These systems offer the flexibility of either reef-quality, temperature-controlled tanks and tables or a similar variety of replicate tanks and tables, including a large marine pond (The Shallows) supplied directly from Florida Bay. Open air wet labs, air conditioned dry labs, and a large classroom allow the KML to accommodate nearly any marine research or education project involving live plants or animals. Additionally, dorms and long-term housing allow groups to stay on-site for short-term or extended periods of time. Select from the options below or at the right for more information. Contact KML for availability before submitting your Facility Use Request Form (FURF) to reserve space. Find this form and all other necessary documents on the KML Forms page.

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