Mote Nears First Anniversary of Keys Research Facility

The first-year anniversary of Mote’s state-of-the-art facility in the Florida Keys, the Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research & Restoration (IC2R3), is cause for celebration. Opened in May 2017, IC2R3 exemplifies Mote’s vision as an international leader of marine research programs supporting conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity, healthy habitats and natural resources. As a worldwide leader of coral reef research and restoration, Mote is utilizing the new facility at its long-standing Summerland Key campus to  scale up coral out-plantings and  advance  important coral reef research programs on global changes such as ocean acidification (OA).

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Mote ranked No. 1 nonprofit in published research by top zoos and aquariums

Of 228 zoos and aquariums, Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium produces the most research of any nonprofit and ranks No. 2 overall, reports a recent study of research productivity among Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) members. The findings were from the first study characterizing the contribution of zoos and aquariums to scientific research that results in the production of peer-reviewed scientific literature

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Manatee temperature study could advance rehabilitative care

Detecting temperature changes in rescued and rehabilitated manatees — valuable information for manatee caregivers — just got easier thanks to a new method described in a research paper published online this month in the peer-reviewed Journal of Comparative Physiology B.

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This fish in Mote Aquarium may be extinct in nature — and it has quite a backstory

Visitors might not gravitate to the simple-looking African cichlid fish in Mote Aquarium’s exhibit “Oh Baby! Life Cycles of the Seas” — but its plain appearance belies an important backstory. These black or silver fish of the species Astatotilapia piceata (also called Haplochromis piceatus) may be extinct in the wild, according to new findings shared by a Boston University (BU) professor who spent January through March this year as a visiting scientist at Mote Marine Laboratory.

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