Florida International University (FIU) is designated as a top-tier research institution, FIU emphasizes research as a major component in the university's mission. Focus areas include marine chemistry and water quality, ecotoxicology, marine ecology, economic impacts, and energy policy. FIU is well-poised to monitor water quality and ecosystem dynamics in south Florida in response to the spill as well as the long-term impacts of the spill on marine organisms. Our existing long-term records of water quality and the status of the ecosystems of south Florida provide a wealth of data than can be used to assess the impacts the spill may have in south Florida. FIU also provides historical perspectives on previous spills in the Gulf of Mexico.
FIU's Marine Education and Research Initiative includes the Medina Aquarius Program that is dedicated to the study and preservation of marine ecosystems worldwide. At the heart of the program is the one-of-a-kind Aquarius Reef Base, the world’s only undersea research laboratory.
The following units at FIU are key participants in the Oil Spill Academic Task Force:
FIU Gulf Oil Spill Task Force
- School of Environment, Arts and Society (SEAS)
- Southeast Environmental Research Center
- Florida Coastal Everglades Long Term Ecological Research program (funded by NSF)
- Applied Research Center
- College of Engineering and Computing Science