Study of the Ocean's Phytoplankton Community
Seagrass is critically important to the ecology and economy of coastal ecosystems, serving vital functions for various fisheries, nursery habitats for a variety of keystone species, shoreline/sediment stabilization, absorbing nutrients, carbon storage, and coastal resilience. Unfortunately, seagrasses are being rapidly lost due to both indirect and direct anthropogenic impacts as well as the broader effects of global climate change.
A science-based restoration effort is needed to address diminishing seagrass habitat, distribution, and diversity. This research program builds upon the ongoing partnership between nursery restoration practitioners and top marine and genetic scientists to generate a sustainable source of genetically resilient, and naturally reproducing seagrass, in both land-based nurseries and in-water seagrass field nurseries, as well as large-scale seagrass gene banks. This program also seeks to develop a market for blue carbon offsets utilizing cutting-edge seagrass research for restoration.
The Florida Legislature and Governor, in recognizing the need for innovative seagrass research to guide coastal restoration passed the Seagrass Restoration Technology Development Initiative (Initiative, 403.9334 Florida Statutes). Under this statute, it is the intent of Legislature to establish a collaborative and coordinated effort among public and private research entities to develop restoration technologies and approaches to address the loss of seagrass and cascading ecological and economic impacts of that loss to communities across Florida.
The goal of the Initiative is to develop, test and implement innovative, effective, cost-efficient, and environmentally sustainable technologies and approaches for restoring coastal seagrass ecosystems. The Initiative is established within the Department of Environmental Protection (Department) as a partnership between the Florida Aquatic Preserve Program, Mote Marine Laboratory (Mote), and the University of Florida. The legislation requires the Department to award funds to Mote to function as the lead administrative component to achieve the goals of the Initiative.
Develop and operate a seagrass research nursery with various statewide seagrass populations at Mote’s Aquaculture Research Park for this Initiative. Develop and grow partnerships to establish additional seagrass nurseries across the state to further this Initiative’s research goals.
Test the resilience of different statewide seagrass populations to multiple environmental stressors in controlled lab and nursery settings to determine the most genetically resilient seagrass. Collaborate with coastal restoration practitioners to develop sustainable sources of the resilient seagrass.
Develop and maintain a genetic library of Florida seagrass to utilize statewide restoration efforts.
Facilitate engagement with other pertinent marine science and technology development organizations to pursue applied research and technology for the successful restoration of seagrass ecosystems.
In collaboration with the Florida Aquatic Preserve Program, Mote Marine Laboratory and the University of Florida shall create a 10-year Florida Seagrass Restoration Plan to implement tools and technologies developed under the Initiative.
Leverage state-appropriated funds with additional funds from private and federal sources to further the goals of the Initiative.
Study of the Ocean's Phytoplankton Community
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
DEVELOPING AND INTEGRATING ENHANCEMENT STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE AND RESTORE FISHERIES
Understanding processes and environmental factors that influence coral reef health.
Mote Postdoctoral Research Fellowships are three-year positions for scientists conducting outstanding work early in their careers
Basic and applied research on the health and immune systems of marine vertebrates
The Stranding Investigations Program (SIP) provides 24-hour response to sick, injured and deceased marine mammals & sea turtles.
Seagrass research, restoration, nursery production and gene banking to address the rapid losses of seagrasses and their ecosystem services
Providing state-of-the-art critical care & chronic care for stranded sea turtles
Studying manatee behavioral ecology, distribution, habitat use, genetics, and population status in Florida.
Global network of coral biobanks, nursery practitioners, and experts preserving all coral species for ecosystem restoration and research
Coral diseases are one of the greatest threats to reefs worldwide.
Studying the impacts of nutrients and physical parameters in riverine, estuarine and coastal environments.
Internship: Mote's Aquarium Sciences and Animal Care team, Fish & Invertebrate Department
The Red Tide Institute at Mote Marine Laboratory leads Florida red tide mitigation and control research.
Contaminant detection of toxic substances.
The only program dedicated to developing & assessing electronic monitoring (EM) for the Gulf of Mexico commercial reef fish fishery
Sharks & Rays Conservation Research
Developing technologies to produce fish & invertebrates to meet growing demand for seafood & fishing stocks.
A Mote-FWC partnership to develop prevention, control and mitigation technologies and approaches that will decrease red tide impacts
Seeking to develop systems and techniques to grow coral and other reef species.
PERC is dedicated to improving stock assessment, management and sustainability of highly migratory fishes in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico
Advancing science to support abundant, productive fish populations
Bottom-dwelling organism response to environmental disturbance.
Studying sharks, skates and stingrays as laboratory animal models for basic & applied research
Study of how fish interact with their habitats & how disturbances influence these interactions.
Using innovative ocean technology to accomplish interdisciplinary scientific goals
Studying habitats and trends in turtle nesting to conserve Sea Turtles.
Long term study of dolphin populations in Sarasota Bay.
Investigating how marine & freshwater chemicals impact public health
Investigating the source, fact & effects of toxins in the environment