01 December 2016

Keys Marine Lab Science Seminar Dec 7th

“What’s the big deal about microplastics?”

by Sarah Egner 
Key Largo Marine Resources Development Foundation

Dec 7th Wed. 6:00-7:00pmKeys Marine Lab Classroom - mile marker 68.5

While the huge amounts of plastic in our waters is utterly apparent on just about any boat ride, what is even more concerning is that much of the marine debris is invisible to the naked eye.  Microplastics come from a variety of sources, most of which are commonly found in every day households and end up going down the drain.  Marine animals from plankton to corals to baleen whales have been documented ingesting the foreign material.  The types, sources and impacts of microplastics will be discussed.  Solutions that any Keys citizen can do will be proposed including participation in a statewide citizen science project.  
You are welcome welcome to bring a 1 L water sample for microplastic analysis after the seminar.

~Future Topics ~
Jan 4: Ken Nedimyer – Coral Restoration Foundation
Feb 1: NASA NEEMO Mission at FIU Aquarius underwater habitat
March 1: Dave Vaughn - Mote Marine Lab

April 5: Maria Cooksey (FWC/FWRI) FKNMS boater distribution

19 October 2016

Science Seminars 2016-2017

Myths, Mysteries and Managing the Lionfish Invasion – latest updates and findings”
Lad Akins from REEF

Join REEF Director of Special Projects, Lad Akins, for the latest info on the lionfish invasion and what’s being done to combat invasive lionfish around the region.  Lad will provide a brief background of the invasion, impacts on native marine life and future directions for research and control.  Be prepared for an interactive presentation with great visuals and time for plenty of questions and answers.

Open to the public 

Nov 9th 
Wed. 6:00-7:00pm
Keys Marine Lab Classroom 
Mile marker 68.5 bayside, Long Key

~Future Topics ~
Dec 7: Sarah Egner – Micro-plastics
Jan 4: Ken Nedimyer – Coral Restoration
Feb 1: NASA NEEMO Mission at Aquarius
March 1: TBA
April 5: TBA

20 January 2016

Researchers from the UK studying flatworm development

The beautiful polyclad flatworm, Maritigrella crozieri, (commonly known as the tiger flatworm) feeds on the mangrove ascidian Ecteinascidia turbinata. Both species are common in the mangroves of the Florida Keys (scale = 1cm) (photos by Kate Rawlinson).
A team of researchers from University College London (Fraser Simpson and Johannes Girstmair) and Cambridge University (Kate Rawlinson) has returned to KML to continue their research on the development of the marine tiger flatworm, Maritigrella crozieri.

Flatworms are among the most diverse, and biomedically significant, invertebrate phyla. They include free-living species (best known for their regeneration abilities) and parasitic groups (such as tapeworms and flukes), some of which cause disease in humans.

Early development of Maritigrella embryos, 2-16 cell stages (scale = 50 microns) (photos by Francois Lapraz).
Investigating how flatworms develop tissues and organs from

a fertilized egg during embryonic development is important for our understanding of their biology, and may shed light on ways to control species that negatively impact our health and interests. However, because flatworms lay their eggs in protective egg capsules it is hard to study their development. These researchers have developed methods to rear Maritigrella embryos outside of their egg capsules and are using current molecular and imaging techniques to understand how embryonic cells give rise to adult body structures.

During this visit to KML the team is collecting sexually mature worms from clumps of Ecteinascidia by snorkeling and kayaking. These worms are then brought back to the lab, where their eggs and larval stages are preserved for future analysis.
Kate Rawlinson
Fraser Simpson
Johannes Girstmair

06 January 2016

Science Seminars at KML

Winter Science Seminars
Wed. 6:00-7:00pm
KML Classroom
Mile marker 68.5 bayside, Long Key

Everyone is welcome to attend
Jan 6:
 Effects of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Gulf of Mexico reef fish’
Mike Norberg, KML marine biologist

Firemouth Snapper (Tomtate sp.)

Future topics:
Feb 3 – lobster navigation & magnetic orientation

March 2 – Pillar coral genetic rescue project

24 October 2015

Winter Science Seminars at KML

First seminar of the winter: Wed Nov 4th 6:00-7:00pm
Topic: "New State-of-the-Art Seawater System at KML"
By Tom Bartlett – KML staff biologist

We will kick off our winter science seminars at Keys Marine Lab with a tour of our new seawater system. Staff biologist, Tom Bartlett, will explain the applications of our new state-of-the-art system to manipulate seawater conditions for ocean acidification research, as well as providing high-quality reef water for marine research. Everyone is welcome!
Winter Science Seminars at KML 
mm 68.5 bayside
first Wed of the month, Nov-April. 
6:00-7:00pm in KML Classroom
Future dates - topics to be announced
Dec 2
Jan 6
Feb 3
March 2

11 February 2015

2015 Winter Science Seminars at KML

Winter Science Seminars on relevant Keys topics at KML. Open to the public
Keys Marine Lab (KML)
Mile marker 68.5 bayside, Long Key
Winter Science Seminars
KML Classroom

Wed. Feb 11th 6:00-7:00pm 
“2014 Coral Bleaching in the Florida Keys”
Presented by: KML staff biologist: Cindy Lewis

Up-coming seminars:
March 11th 
 "Air, water, and the seafloor: Why is the reef line way out near the deep ocean?"
Presented by KML post-doc Lew Gramer

April 8th - double header
“Ghosts in the Florida lobster fishery”
Presented by Casey Butler (FWC/FWRI biologist)
“Restoring Florida Bay through sponge out-planting”
 Presented by Jack Butler (Old Dominion University) 

KML Open House 
Saturday Feb 28th 1:00-3:00 
The critters in the touch tank are always an attraction
Chat with staff biologists
Slide shows in classroom
Touch tanks with live animals

~ ~ ~ Uneven terrain ~ ~ ~
Appropriate footwear strongly suggested

10 December 2014

Seawater Well System coming soon

The new state-of-the-art seawater system is taking shape at KML, designed to accommodate Ocean Acidification research.
Timeline of progress:

Phase One - Constructing the degassing system (FWC Facilities Improvement Funds). March 2013: The delivery of the 2500-gal concrete holding tank. Epoxy paint was applied to seal the concrete, allowed to cure and then the concrete lid was set in place.
Sept 2013: Then the installation of the degassing tower and the blower unit
Phase Two - Build-out of experimental treatment tanks (NSF Facilities Improvement Grant). Nov 2014: Heater/Chiller units delivered and placed on platform
Dec 2014: Constructing frames to hold seawater tables
A variety of 2 dozen experimental seawater tanks (45-gal to 1000-gal capacity) ready to plumb into the system. Water should be running in early 2015 and ready for use.

08 October 2014

KML Tervis Tumblers for Sale

Keys Marine Lab 16 oz. Tervis Tumblers with Travel Lid (lobster not included!) Keep your beverages hot or cold for those long days in the field and show your support for KLM. Embroidered KML logo imbedded in a clear 16 oz. acrylic tumbler. Sturdy snap-on turquoise travel lid. Tervis lifetime guarantee. 
Tumblers can now be ordered on our website (Contribute page: KML Apparel) through the Wildlife Foundation of Florida 
The cost of each tumbler is $20, plus tax and shipping. You may also chose to order your tumblers online and pick them up at KML. 

Proceeds from the sale of all KML t-shirts, hats and tumblers are used to purchase items for KML, such as this new Benchmark variable speed vortex mixer for our Dry Lab.

Thank you for your continued support!

14 August 2014

Pillar Coral Spawning in the Keys

A rare stand of Pillar Coral (Dendrogyra cylindrus) in the Upper Keys, ancient centennials of the reefs, were awaiting the August full moon to join in the annual spawning event.

Sunset and calm waters as researchers slipped into the ocean
Divers cautiously floated among the pillars, anxiously watching and waiting. Even a small (green) octopus hung around for the show

First the male pillars erupted, shortly after 9:00 pm, bathing the reef in smokey clouds (photo by K. Neely).
And then the female pillars, beginning just before 9:30 pm, cast their tiny pink eggs into the sea to join the dance.

09 April 2014

AAUS Divers In Training

Laurie Penland brings group of new AAUS drivers from the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. for intensive dive training exercises and AAUS protocols. (April 2014)