December eBulletin

Using active acoustic telemetry and sonar data, FAU Harbor Branch scientists and collaborators are the first to track a shallow water fish diving 450 feet deep to spawn and provide detailed documentation. Uncovering this very rare spawning behavior in bonefish is unprecedented... Read More 

Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute scientists are at the forefront of unraveling the mystery of what causes harmful algal blooms (HABs) in Lake Okeechobee. These toxic blooms wreak havoc on the economy, environment, and human health, resulting in billions of dollars of damage. The research team recently deployed new innovative tools into Lake Okeechobee to collect water and sediment samples for testing... Read More

A Florida Department of Health grant will help researchers from Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute to evaluate the health effects of exposure to harmful algal blooms in Florida and possible increased susceptibility in those infected with COVID-19... Read More
Research Spotlight

A newly released book titled Sea Turtle Research and Conservation: Lessons From The Field features a chapter by Annie Page-Karjian, D.V.M., Ph.D., an assistant research professor and clinical veterinarian at FAU’s Harbor Branch, co-authored by Justin Perrault, Ph.D., director of research at Loggerhead Marinelife Center. The book is a comprehensive reference on sea turtle species as presented by global experts. 

FAU's Harbor Branch Annie Page-Karjian, Ph.D., and collaborators at FAU’s Department of Biological Sciences, Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Inwater Research Group, and East Coast Biologists, Inc. were awarded a grant for their project Green turtle health, biotoxin exposure, and foraging ecology in Lake Worth Lagoon, Florida... Read More
Time-lapse of Bottlenose Dolphin Skeleton

Check out this time-lapse video of Integrative Biology Ph.D. student Danielle Ingle and team assembling a bottlenose dolphin skeleton, which is on display on FAU's Boca Raton campus. FAU’s Harbor Branch Dolphin and Whale Stranding and Population Assessment team responded to the deceased dolphin in May 2018. Please note, this video was taken pre-COVID.
Making Angel Tree Wishes Come True 

FAU's Harbor Branch helped make 30 Salvation Army Angel Tree wishes come true this year! For 25 years, FAU Harbor Branch has supported the Salvation Army Angel Tree program. We are happy to spread joy this holiday season to children in need living in Martin, St. Lucie, and Okeechobee counties.
In the News
Crowdfunding Mission

For 40-years, Megan Davis, Ph.D., research professor at FAU's Harbor Branch, has been studying the queen conch life cycle and is the world’s foremost expert on queen conch aquaculture – the farming of queen conch.

More than ever, communities seek her knowledge to bring a solution to the species decline.

In response to these pleas, Florida Atlantic University is seeking $30,000 to help Dr. Davis take her 40-years of knowledge and use it to teach queen conch aquaculture techniques to communities throughout the Caribbean.
Mission: Ocean Discovery

Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute will begin the Winter 2021 “John & Barbara Ferrera Ocean Science Lecture Series” virtually with the next lecture on Wednesday, Jan.13 at 4 p.m. The lecture will take place via Zoom. 

All lectures are free and open to the public; to register, visit
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 and Cancer”
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

Announcing the Third Annual Ocean Science Art Contest! This year we are inviting artists of all ages to submit original artwork inspired by marine science research being conducted at FAU's Harbor Branch. Artwork will be judged in three categories: Adult, High School, and K-8. This year’s awards include an opportunity to have your artwork featured on the cover of our new Marine Science Activity Book, a VIP meet and greet with our researchers, behind the scenes... Learn more
Bring Ocean Science for A Better World® right into your home with virtual resources from FAU's 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

Learn how the groundwork was set for decades of ocean exploration at FAU's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute.

Take a behind the scenes look at FAU's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Johnson Sea Link Submersibles and learn about their unique features.

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

Visit FAU's 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's Harbor Branch Speakers Bureau, community organizations may request a virtual presentation on a specific research topic or a general overview of FAU's 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's Harbor Branch Speakers Bureau request form.