Mote's Tropical Research Laboratory
24244 Overseas Highway
Summerland Key, FL 33042

Situated in the heart of the Lower Keys and only 24 miles from Key West, Mote's Tropical Research Laboratory 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. 

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The facility offers accommodations, a well-equipped dry lab, classroom with modern A/V equipment, indoor and outdoor wet labs, raceways and larger outdoor seawater holding tanks, vessels from 18'-25', SCUBA support, high-speed internet connection and a marine science library.

The wide variety of research and education programs conducted at the Tropical Research Laboratory reflect the diversity of Mote's staff and experience. Current programs with ongoing research at the Lab include: 

The broad array of nearby habitats, combined with well-equipped facilities and an experienced and knowledgeable staff, makes the Tropical Research Laboratory the ideal location for marine research and education programs in the Lower Florida Keys.