Marine biology researchers at New College study all aspects of the marine environment with a focus on local organisms and ecosystems in Sarasota Bay.
The Pritzker Marine Biology Research Center is located on Sarasota Bay, a 56-mile-long urbanized coastal lagoon system comprised of five embayments, and a US Congress-designated Estuary of National Significance.
The research center is equipped with heater and chilled seawater and aquaria of various sizes, suitable for holding a wide variety of organisms, from marine plants, to delicate invertebrates, to sharks and larger fish. Under a permit FKNMS-2009-073, the lab is also permitted to hold, display, and conduct limited non-destructive research on Caribbean coral obtained from a Florida Keys rescue site. The laboratory spaces are flexible and can be quickly adapted to meet the needs of any marine research project. The facility also includes a 15,000 gallon flow tank and specialized facilities for coral propagation, tissue histology, and microscopy and imaging.