Study of the Ocean's Phytoplankton Community
The ELF lab explores a range of organismal and environmental health issues. Over the past 18 years, the ELF lab has been funded over $6.5 million to carry out oil spill and industrial contaminant pollution research, nationally and internationally. While the most fundamental research done in our lab is the quantification of environmental levels of organic contamination from petroleum, PCBs, flame retardants, pesticides and other industrial contaminants, we are also strongly engaged in developing novel techniques for understanding cause and effects of stressors on species, populations and overall environmental health. Towards this end, we develop and employ a variety of cutting edge approaches based on human health models. Our lab supports environmental conservation through biochemical assessment technique innovation. Our ultimate challenge is to develop technologies that allow us to effectively identify key biological attributes of health assessment, like fatty acid composition and lipid class characterization, compromises of immune function and fertility potential, measuring genotoxicity and predicting heritable responses from exposure to a variety of environmental stressors. These stressors are often the result of organic contaminants in water, sediments, air and organisms but also include noise, climate change, salinity and pH changes. Large scale exposure studies of select marine organisms exposed to a suite of stressors resulting in targeted responses are compared with field collected samples to be able to elucidate pathways of adverse outcomes to the response. The organisms we study range from polychaete worms to Arctic whales and polar bears. The geographic range of our projects extends from the Arctic to the Caribbean, north and south and from Malalysia to Europe, west and east. Defining a health status diagnostic panel evaluation for wildlife using a suite of key biological parameters is our main goal in order to be able to support wildlife health, conservation and management.
Study of the Ocean's Phytoplankton Community
The Sharks and Rays Conservation Research Program is dedicated to studying the biology, ecology and conservation of sharks, skates and rays.
Studying habitats and trends in turtle nesting to conserve Sea Turtles.
Understanding processes and environmental factors that influence coral reef health.
Rehabilitation hospital to provide provide state-of-the-art critical care & chronic care for stranded sea turtles and dolphins.
Developing technologies to produce fish & invertebrates to meet growing demand for seafood & fishing stocks.
Studying sharks, skates and stingrays as laboratory animal models for basic & applied research
The Stranding Investigations Program (SIP) provides 24-hour response to sick, injured and deceased marine mammals & sea turtles.
Seeking to develop systems and techniques to grow coral and other reef species.
Study of how fish interact with their habitats & how disturbances influence these interactions.
Investigating how marine & freshwater chemicals impact public health
Using innovative ocean technology to accomplish interdisciplinary scientific goals
Contaminant detection of toxic substances.
10TH FSU-MOTE INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON FISHERIES ECOLOGY AND 6TH INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON STOCK ENHANCEMENT AND SEA RANCHING
PERC is dedicated to improving stock assessment, management and sustainability of highly migratory fishes in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico
Basic and applied research on the health and immune systems of marine vertebrates
Studying the impacts of nutrients and physical parameters in riverine, estuarine and coastal environments.
Coral diseases are one of the greatest threats to reefs worldwide.
Bottom-dwelling organism response to environmental disturbance.
Long term study of dolphin populations in Sarasota Bay.
Studying manatee behavioral ecology, distribution, habitat use, genetics, and population status in Florida.
A Mote-FWC partnership to develop prevention, control and mitigation technologies and approaches that will decrease Florida red tide impacts
Study responses of ecologically important species to projected levels of ocean acidification.
Studying the physical, biological, geological & chemical processes that distribute nutrients and other chemical species in the ocean
Advancing science to support abundant, productive fish populations
Investigating the source, fact & effects of toxins in the environment
The Red Tide Institute at Mote Marine Laboratory leads Florida red tide mitigation and control research.