Study of the Ocean's Phytoplankton Community
Mote Aquarium is a gateway to the ocean, featuring hundreds of marine animal species and windows into Mote Marine Laboratory, where real scientific research happens. The Aquarium is open 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.
The Aquarium features a 135,000-gallon shark habitat, coral reefs and other ecosystem displays teeming with diverse fishes, cool crustaceans and gracefully drifting sea jellies.
For more about Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, click here.
As Aquarium Biologists at an AZA-accredited facility, we are constantly improving our animal care and breeding techniques. The Aquarium Biology Department cleans exhibits, prepares food and feeds exhibits, provides training and enrichment for resident animals, tests water quality parameters, maintains life support systems, makes exhibit/animal observations and keeps accurate records.
Fish and invertebrate breeding is at the heart of Mote Aquarium’s conservation efforts. The Aquarium’s Fish and Invertebrate Department currently breeds over 10 different species of fishes and invertebrates, including jellies, cleaner shrimp, and seahorses. We strive to inspire our visitors and increase our aquaculture efforts to decrease our impact on wild animal populations.
Please note: This page and its subpages describe one of our Mote Research Experiences for Undergraduates internships, which provide a stipend. To check for other (unpaid) college internships in this field, please return to the College Internship Program Overview.
Study of the Ocean's Phytoplankton Community
The Red Tide Institute at Mote Marine Laboratory leads Florida red tide mitigation and control research.
PERC is dedicated to improving stock assessment, management and sustainability of highly migratory fishes in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico
Contaminant detection of toxic substances.
Study responses of ecologically important species to projected levels of ocean acidification.
Bottom-dwelling organism response to environmental disturbance.
Global network of coral biobanks, nursery practitioners, and experts preserving all coral species for ecosystem restoration and research
Studying the physical, biological, geological & chemical processes that distribute nutrients and other chemical species in the ocean
Studying the impacts of nutrients and physical parameters in riverine, estuarine and coastal environments.
Long term study of dolphin populations in Sarasota Bay.
Coral diseases are one of the greatest threats to reefs worldwide.
Sharks & Rays Conservation Research
Studying manatee behavioral ecology, distribution, habitat use, genetics, and population status in Florida.
Using innovative ocean technology to accomplish interdisciplinary scientific goals
Study of how fish interact with their habitats & how disturbances influence these interactions.
Developing technologies to produce fish & invertebrates to meet growing demand for seafood & fishing stocks.
Internship: Mote's Aquarium Sciences and Animal Care team, Fish & Invertebrate Department
Mote Postdoctoral Research Fellowships are three-year positions for scientists conducting outstanding work early in their careers
Investigating the source, fact & effects of toxins in the environment
Seeking to develop systems and techniques to grow coral and other reef species.
Studying sharks, skates and stingrays as laboratory animal models for basic & applied research
Investigating how marine & freshwater chemicals impact public health
The Stranding Investigations Program (SIP) provides 24-hour response to sick, injured and deceased marine mammals & sea turtles.
The only program dedicated to developing & assessing electronic monitoring (EM) for the Gulf of Mexico commercial reef fish fishery
Studying habitats and trends in turtle nesting to conserve Sea Turtles.
A Mote-FWC partnership to develop prevention, control and mitigation technologies and approaches that will decrease red tide impacts
Basic and applied research on the health and immune systems of marine vertebrates
Understanding processes and environmental factors that influence coral reef health.
Advancing science to support abundant, productive fish populations
Providing state-of-the-art critical care & chronic care for stranded sea turtles
DEVELOPING AND INTEGRATING ENHANCEMENT STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE AND RESTORE FISHERIES
Seagrass research, restoration, nursery production and gene banking to address the rapid losses of seagrasses and their ecosystem services