08 April 2017

University of Colorado Students at KML

Colorado Eco-Warriors picking up litter near Long Key State Park
Students from the University of Colorado, led by their professor, Dr. Heidi Souder, spent their spring break learning about the ecosystems of the Florida Keys. They were constantly amazed and appalled by the  litter everywhere and did their part to help clean up.

Derelict kayak and other debris removed from Bamboo Key
Assessing dune vegetation
 They kept to a busy daily schedule, traveling to Bahia Honda State Park to assess dune vegetation and study the physical and geological oceanography.

Survey techniques 


 These ambitious students also faced some new challenges collecting data in the marine environment. They learned the basic monitoring skills and species identification necessary for KML's Living Laboratory Benthic Monitoring Surveys.
Setting up a benthic survey grid



Locating a corner of the Living Lab grid




Students measured the direction and speed of the longshore current with fluorescein dye.
Dr. Souder and her class certainly packed a lot of activities into their week at KML and left exhausted but with lots of smiles!

01 April 2017

Last Science Seminar of the season at KML


“Boating Activity in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary”

Preliminary results from an aerial survey of boaters and their activities in the Florida Keys


By Maria Cooksey - FWC/FWRI staff biologist

KML Winter Science Seminar #6
April 5th
Wed. 6:00-7:00pm
KML Classroom

Come join us!

07 March 2017

AAUS Diver Proficiency Workshop


April 14th-17th, 2017

This is an intensive  four day workshop (32 hour minimum) hosted by the Florida Institute of Oceanography at the Keys Marine Laboratory (KML). 




This workshop is designed to provide an opportunity for newly trained, or inexperienced, American Academy of Underwater Science (AAUS) Divers-in-Training (DIT) to gain proficiency in scientific diving techniques.  





Upon completion, the DIT will have successfully earned their 30 ft scientific diver rating while gaining proficiency in many diving skills commonly used in marine research.  



It also allows the opportunity for previously trained and active AAUS divers to maintain their status, as required by AAUS Standards Section 5.60, by providing dives that contribute to the annual number of dives required to maintain their depth rating.  










This workshop is NOT intended to train beginning scientific divers.  Instead, it offers the opportunity to advance or maintain their current AAUS scientific diver status, while learning skills crucial to conducting underwater research.  











If are a current AAUS diver or Diver-in-Training interested in this workshop, you can register through University of South Florida’s Continuing Education website here: http://www.usf.edu/continuing-education/programs/ce-partnerships.aspx


The workshop will be limited to 8 divers. We hope to confirm numbers by March 17th and have all necessary LORs submitted by March 27th

Please contact KML's DSO, Bill Ferrell wferrell@mail.usf.edu  if you have any questions.

27 February 2017

2017 KML Open House



Keys Marine Lab Open House

Saturday, March 4, 2017
1:00-3:00 
Long Key mile marker 68.5 bayside
During Layton Day Celebration

 

Live animal displays


Slide shows in the classroom
Chat with staff scientists




Informational materials


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


25 February 2017

Science Seminar #5 March 1, 2017




"SEX-sess with Coral Spawning"
New Technologies for Restoration of Massive Corals
By Dr. David Vaughn, Mote Tropical Research Lab





Mote scientists attaching coral fragments to cover dead coral heads
Come join us!
2016-2017 Winter Science Seminars
March 1st
Wed. 6:00-7:00 pm
KML Classroom
Long Key - mile marker 68.5 bayside
Pillar Coral female releasing eggs - Aug 2016

Pillar Coral males spawning in the Dry Tortugas - Aug 2015
photo by K Neely

New pillar coral recruit from human-assisted spawning Aug 2016 - first time in Florida







28 January 2017

KML Science Seminar Wed pm Feb 1st


How Low Can You Go: Restoration and coral holobiont composition across depths on Conch Reef
Postdoc Dr. Anthony Bellantuono & PhD candidates Dan Merselis & Katherine Dougan, members of the IMaGeS Lab at Florida International University (FIU) headed by Dr. Mauricio Rodriguez-Lanetty, have been collaborating since 2015 with NASA NEEMO astronauts to explore coral symbiont diversity in the vicinity of FIU Medina Aquarius, the world’s only undersea research lab. 

A diver outside of the Aquarius underwater habitat
Last summer’s work involved establishing experimental coral restoration nurseries at deep and shallow reefs accessible from the habitat. This team of FIU scientists worked closely with NASA NEEMO astronauts on coral identification and sampling to simulate protocols for future a Mars mission, while testing hypotheses designed to better understand the coral symbiosis for restoration. Come join us at KML to learn about this exciting project.

Come join us at KML to learn about this exciting project.
KML Classroom
Wed Feb 1st 
6:00-7:00pm
For more on the IMaGeS Lab website: IMaGeS Lab 
(Laboratory of Integrative Marine Genomics and Symbiosis

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13 January 2017

Welcome Josh Farmer to KML

The Keys Marine Lab is excited to announce the arrival of our newest staff biologist, Joshua Farmer. Josh has his Bachelors of Science in Marine Biology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. After graduation he worked as Research Assistant for Dr. Alina Szmant and Dr. Robert Whitehead from UNCW, on their Coral In-Situ Metabolism and Energetics (CISME) Project.  Josh is also a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and worked as Dive Instructor on the East Coast and in the Caribbean.

Please help us welcome Josh to the KML team.

04 January 2017

Science Seminar at KML


“Coral Restoration in the Florida Keys”
Ken Nedimyer – president of Coral Restoration Foundation
Progress and updates on CRF's efforts to restore corals, especially the endangered Staghorn and Elkhorn corals, to reefs in the Florida Keys 
 Come join us Jan 4
Wed. 6:00-7:00pm
KML Classroom

~Future Topics ~
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

01 January 2017

New microscope camera for KML

Thanks to proceeds from the sale of KML t-shirts, hats, and Tervis tumblers, we now have a new microscope camera! Moticam X2 with wifi capabilities. Here are some photographs taken recently of our purple sea plume babies (Antillegoria bipinnata) - 39 days old

23 December 2016

Purple sea plume spawning at KML

Day 1:  New coral planulae emerge on the mother sea plume colony (November 23, 2016)



Dr. Mary Alice Coffroth (SUNY Buffalo) and her team from the BURR Lab (Buffalo Undersea Reef Research) captured the purple sea plume (Antillegorgia bipinnata) spawning event at KML. These corals spawned 1 week before the November new in  moon KML's new seawater well system.
Day 10: Planulae settling on tiles, mouth parts developing (photo by DJ Valent)

Day 15: New recruits! Planulae metamorphosed and settled on pre-conditioned ceramic tiles, polyp tentacles beginning to develop. Baby corals were inoculated with photosynthetic algae (Symbiodinium) harvested from the mother colony.
Day 21: Tentacles extended. These are octocorals (soft coral) so they have 8 tentacles on each polyp which capture small particles (zooplankton) from the water. Purple calcareous spicules (sclerites) are beginning to form in the base of the polyp, protecting the baby coral from predation.

Day 21: Brownish tinge in tentacles 6 days after inoculation, is evidence of the uptake of Symbiodinium which photosynthetically provides nutrients to the growing coral.

Day 23: More purple sclerites and brown algal symbionts visible

Day 31