Resources in Marine Biology
The Pritzker Marine Biology Research Center boasts seven research labs and over 100 aquaria, anchored by a 15,000 gallon research and display tank. Each tank in the Living Ecosystem Teaching and Research Aquarium features a different captive ecosystem, some with a camera to send images to a streaming video server. Through a natural filtration system designed by students as part of a senior thesis project, the center draws and recycles water from Sarasota Bay. A second filtration area is currently under development, and when complete will allow us to scrub water from our parking area to demonstrate the use of native plants in stormwater control. Recently, a new research lagoon was also added along the bayfront to allow students to study plant and animal colonization and use of a disturbed habitat.
Many students apprentice at the marine center, learning animal husbandry and proper care of organisms in a captive environment. Students and faculty also design outreach programs to engage the local community in the world of science. Learn more.
The 34,000-square-foot Heiser Natural Sciences Complex includes teaching and research labs for chemistry, biology, computational science, mathematics and physics. There is a new state-of-the-art Optical Spectroscopy and Nano-Materials laboratory, a research greenhouse and herbarium. Special equipment includes a scanning electron microscope in biology, a 24-station chemistry teaching lab with transparent fume hoods and sampling equipment for field ecology. The Soo Bong Chae Auditorium is a tiered lecture hall for the natural sciences.
Mote Marine Laboratory is an independent not-for-profit marine research organization based on City Island in Sarasota, Florida, less than 15 minutes from campus. The laboratory aims to advance the science of the sea, both through its marine and estuarine research labs and through the public Mote Aquarium and its affiliated educational programs. New College faculty and students often conduct research at Mote.
New College is a part of theFlorida Institute of Oceanography which is a consortium of over 20 institutions and organizations focused on the marine environment. Members have access to research vessels as well as to the Florida Keys Marine Lab. Students have joined scientists as members of research teams and they have taken advantage of the Florida Keys' site to collect organisms for their own research. Each year, opportunities for students open among members of the consortium.
New College of Florida is also a member of both the Southern Association of Marine Labs (SAML) and of the National Association of Marine Labs (NAML). Through these organizations, opportunities for internships and other activities abound.
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