April 2021

FAU Harbor Branch scientists and collaborators provide the first-ever glimpse into the movements of young great white sharks in the New York Bight using cutting-edge 3Dsatellite technology. Results, published in the journal, Frontiers in Marine Science, show that across multiple years, the tagged young white sharks consistently display horizontal movements parallel to the shore. Rachel Shaw is the lead author, and a recent graduate from the Fisheries Ecology and Conservation (FEC) Lab, led by Matt Ajemian, Ph.D., co-author and an assistant research professor at FAU Harbor Branch... Read More

In a race to solve a major challenge for conservation aquaculture, a breakthrough has been achieved by researchers at Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, in collaboration with the Bonefish and Tarpon Trust... Read More
Research Spotlight

Sea turtles are susceptible to several herpesviruses that are linked to dermatologic diseases, including fibropapillomatosis (FP). Aside from obvious skin lesions, a number of other sublethal effects happen in response to these diseases. Annie Page-Karjian, D.V.M., Ph.D., a researcher from Florida Atlantic University's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute and collaborators, conducted a study to determine how FP may affect immune function. Results of the study, published in the journal Animals, found green turtles with FP had significantly lower natural killer cell activity, a measure of innate immune function, which was significantly reduced in turtles with FP compared to tumor-free individuals. This is the first study to examine natural killer cell activity in relation to FP, improving upon our understanding of altered immune system function associated with this disease... Study

Work permitted by FWC under Marine Turtle Permits #139 and #204. 
Student Spotlight

David Bradshaw, Ph.D., the new president for FAU's Postdoctoral Association and postdoctoral fellow in FAU's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, talks about the importance of work-life balance… Read More
In the News
FAU Funder

FAU Funder, FAU’s crowdfunding platform, features several of FAU Harbor Branch’s research projects. You can help save the queen conch, support plastic pollution studies in local waters, fund beluga whale research in the Arctic or help researchers as they use deep sea molecules for potential life-saving medicines. Please visit FAU Funder for detailed information on each project. Your contributions can make a difference!
Mission: Ocean Discovery

The Spring 2021 John & Barbara Ferrera Ocean Science Lecture Series will begin on April 14 virtually via Zoom. All lectures are free and open to the public; For more information, visit here.
Wednesday, April 14 at 4 p.m.
Donna Kocak, L3 Harris Technologies

Ocean observing provides data to benefit the environment, the economy, and public safety throughout the nation and the world. Learn about a suite of technologies to better understand and manage our oceans.

January 13
“Fish Culture Research at HBOI the Last 10 Years and the Future”
Paul Wills, Ph.D., FAU Harbor Branch

January 27
Marine Natural Products as Potential Cancer Therapeutics
Esther Guzmán, Ph.D., FAU Harbor Branch

February 10
“A Look into East Florida’s Nearshore Hardbottom Reefs”
Karen Holloway-Adkins, Ph.D., East Coast Biologists, Inc.
February 24
“The Marine Biotechnology Reference 
Collection: A New Web-based 
Resource for Research”
Shirley Pomponi, Ph.D., FAU Harbor Branch

March 10
“Ocean Color Remote Sensing: Observing a Changing Planet”
Tim Moore, Ph.D., FAU Harbor Branch

March 24
“Ocean Blue Holes: A Biogeochemical Treasure Trove”
Jordon Beckler, Ph.D., FAU Harbor Branch
Bring Ocean Science for A Better World® right into your home with virtual resources from FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute! 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 More

As a health and safety precaution, FAU Harbor Branch Ocean Discovery Visitors Center is temporarily closed. Please check back for updates.

Visit FAU Harbor Branch social media channels for daily research highlights, facts and trivia questions.

Also, make sure to check out our new online gift shop!

Through FAU Harbor Branch Speakers Bureau, community organizations may request a virtual presentation on a specific research topic or a general overview of FAU Harbor Branch. This program provides an excellent opportunity to learn about the institute’s most recent discoveries and connect with marine science experts. There is no charge for scheduling a speaker, however an honorarium or donation is encouraged.

If you would like to request a virtual speaker for your group/event, please fill out FAU Harbor Branch Speakers Bureau request form.