May 2020

Researchers at FAU reflected on how their research can impact today’s most challenging environmental questions on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

Michael Twardowski, Ph.D., research professor at FAU Harbor Branch received Florida Atlantic University’s Researcher of the Year Award at the professor level for sponsored project oriented activities. Congratulations!... Read More

Hurricane preparedness needs to be taken into consideration when designing and building facilities, when installing back up systems, and when preparing for an approaching hurricane or tropical storms. This FAU Harbor Branch video provides first-hand practical advice from research organizations and commercial ventures that went through the Florida hurricanes of 2004 and 2005.

Steve Burton is the director of the marine mammal rescue program at FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. About once a week, calls for a distressed animal come from the public. “We always take every call seriously and will check to see if the animal is okay and not in distress, entangled, stranded or needing help,” he says. Bottlenose dolphins and pygmy sperm whales are the most commonly stranded species in his region... Read More
Virtual Resources

Bring Ocean Science for A Better World ® right into your home with virtual resources from FAU Harbor Branch! Online offerings include lectures, interviews with marine scientists, activities for children and much more! Visit our virtual resources page to learn about these great opportunities for teachers, students and ocean lovers of all ages!

Learn about some of your favorite ocean animals and the important research happening at FAU Harbor Branch. We’ve partnered with the Boys and Girls Club of St. Lucie County to create this series of educational videos. Join our outreach scientist, Savannah, as she shares fun facts, cool stories and why these animals are so important.

Discover the scientists and engineers behind the great work being conducted at FAU Harbor Branch. During this fun and informal webchat series, our researchers will tell you what inspired them to pursue a career in marine science, stories about their coolest adventures, advice they would give to a future scientist and much more!
Anyone can register and tune in live on Wednesdays at 4 p.m.

Our Visitors Center is closed, but our mission doesn't stop...

Although we are closed to the public, there is still a tremendous amount of work happening behind the scenes. If you are able to do so, please consider making a tax-deductible donation here to support us through this temporary closure.
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Florida Atlantic University established the “FAU Cares Emergency Fund” for currently registered, degree-seeking students who are experiencing financial hardship. Consider donating to the FAU emergency fund so students can continue their education.
About Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute: 
Founded in 1971, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University is a research community of marine scientists, engineers, educators and other professionals focused on Ocean Science for a Better World. The institute drives innovation in ocean engineering, at-sea operations, drug discovery and biotechnology from the oceans, coastal ecology and conservation, marine mammal research and conservation, aquaculture, ocean observing systems and marine education.