At Gumbo Limbo, Florida Atlantic University's Department of Biological Sciences has an active research laboratory with a visitors’ gallery open to the public. From the gallery, sea turtle hatchlings can be seen during the summer and fall months. Hard-working students can be seen maintaining the lab year-round. These students are ready to answer any questions visitors may have while visiting the research gallery. You can learn more about the FAU Marine Lab’s onging research projects at our website.
Due to Covid-19, the visitors' gallery is currently closed to the public until further notice. When Gumbo Limbo Environmental Complex is open again, we will be happy to welcome visitors back to the gallery.
The FAU Marine Science Laboratory’s faculty and students study marine organisms such as sea turtle hatchlings, sharks, rays, and marine plants to see how they interact with their environment. Today, the marine lab hosts the work of six principal investigators who give students the opportunity to participate in ongoing research. These world-renowned scientists offer students a clearer understanding of the scientific process through their active participation and allow students to expand their knowledge in their field of interest.
The vision of the FAU Marine Science Laboratory is to create meaningful educational opportunities for students, to contribute new knowledge through research, and to educate our community about the importance of the marine environment for an understanding of the natural world.
The mission of the FAU Marine Science Laboratory is to conduct internationally recognized research; excel in student training; address regional, national, and international concerns; and communicate understandable scientific information to the public. Curiosity, inquiry, and discovery are the fundamental principles we embrace to address problems of scientific importance and find solutions to coastal and marine challenges.