Coral Reef Research
|Mote’s coral reef researchers are dedicated to monitoring, understanding and restoring coral reefs. Studies and fieldwork ranges from microbiology and genetics research, to the research and development of methods and technologies for reef restoration. Mote scientists also study of reef processes and the effects of natural and man-made influences on the health and conservation of coral reefs.
Mote partners with many organizations in its reef-related efforts, including the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
|Mote’s Coral Reef Research includes:
|Tropical Research Laboratory
Mote performs much of its coral reef research from its field station in the Florida Keys. The Tropical Research Laboratory, located on Summerland Key (mile marker 24) is available to visiting researchers as well. The Lab maintains a full-time research and marine operations staff to provide support for any field or laboratory based research project in need of assistance.
The Tropical Research Laboratory offers
|The Living Reef
Mote hosts The Living Reef Exhibit at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center in Key West, Florida. This exhibit showcases coral reef research as part of an overall visitors' center that explores the unique ecology of the Florida Keys. The Eco-Discovery Center includes free admission.
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|Protect Our Reefs
Florida has the only barrier coral reef system in the continental U.S. It's like having the Grand Canyon underwater — a natural treasure that took millions of years to create and deserves our protection.
If you're a Florida driver, you can help make research, education and conservation happen by purchasing a Protect Our Reefs license plate for your car or boat trailer. You can even purchase a Reef Plate as a gift for your favorite reefanatic.
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Funds raised through sales of the Protect Our Reefs plate support a special grants program administered by Mote Marine Laboratory. These grants support Florida-based research designed to help us understand some of our most pressing reef problems, find ways to conserve and protect our reefs and to help educate the public about the reef’s importance and how they can help.
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|Are you just urchin to help?
Hard corals, soft corals and the vital marine communities they support could use our help. And we could use yours. Now. So dive deep and don't hold back! Please click to donate today.
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.