The Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research & Restoration
24244 Overseas Highway
Summerland Key, Fl 33042

Situated in the heart of the Lower Keys and only 24 miles from Key West, Mote's International Center for Coral Reef Research & Restoration is a fully equipped marine science facility dedicated to marine research and education in the Florida Keys.

The facility is located within easy access to the variety of nearby habitats, including reefs, sea-grass meadows, near-shore hard-grounds, mangrove forests and unique terrestrial communities, most within the protection of National Wildlife Refuges and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. 


  • 19,000 square feet of research, education, office and dormitories, WiFi and convenient access to Lower Florida Keys coral reef sites.
  • New indoor and outdoor seawater systems, environmental control rooms, raceways and experimental tanks for mesocosm-level studies, including research on ocean acidification and climate change impacts to reef organisms.
  • Molecular equipment to process and prepare samples for generation sequencing, genomics, metagenomics and transcriptomics.
  • Microbial supplies for molecular and culturable applications within the marine environment.
  • Carbonate chemistry laboratory for ocean acidification studies.
  • Category-5 hurricane resistant, precast concrete-based building.
  • Eco-friendly design includes 30.1 kilowatt solar panels; rainwater capture system; and high-efficiency heating and cooling. (LEED Gold certified.)
  • Alfred Goldstein Institute for Climate Change

The wide variety of research and education programs conducted at the Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research & Restoration (formerly Tropical Research Laboratory) reflect the diversity of Mote's staff and experience. Current programs with ongoing research at the Lab include: 

Scientists at IC2R3 and its Goldstein Institute will advance coral reef research using: new seawater systems, raceways and experimental tanks for studying multiple reef species facing climate change impacts such as rising ocean temperatures and ocean acidification; molecular equipment to process and prepare samples for next generation sequencing and genomic analyses — for example, to find the best genetic strains of corals for reef restoration; microbial supplies for studying microscopic life forms that can help or harm coral reefs; a carbonate chemistry lab for ocean acidification research; and more. 

To learn more about research and education opportunities at Mote's Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research & Restoration, as well as the incredible and diverse science being conducted by Mote and its many partnering institutions from around the world, please contact Allison Delashmit, Florida Keys Community Relations Manager at

To inquire about reservation availability for dormitory and research lab space, please contact Robert Etti, Administrative and Housing Manager at or 305-745-2729. *Please note that bench and lab space is not included in the price of accommodations. Please make sure to note your laboratory and space needs in your email request.