Center for Coastal Ecology
Ernest Estevez, Ph.D. – Director
The Center’s main mission is understanding the past, present, and future ecology of Florida’s coastal waters, especially rivers and bays, and developing scientific methods for their restoration and stewardship.
Mote Marine Laboratory has been a leader in marine research since it was founded in 1955. Today, we incorporate public outreach as a key part of our mission. Mote is an independent nonprofit organization and has seven centers for marine research, the public Mote Aquarium and an Education Division specializing in public programs for all ages.