University of Florida purchased the Gulf Side Motel in July, 2015. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) began renovations to fit the needs of the Nature Coast Biological Station. The two story building has been demolished and construction has begun to build a three story facility with a wet lab, aquarium and office space. The other side of the motel will be renovated to include dorms and a meeting area for researchers.
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Old 2 Story Station
New 3 Story Station
Horseshoe crabs are ancient organisms – they have been in existence for hundreds of millions of years! This is much longer than the average lifespan for a species on Earth and, therefore, horseshoe crabs are considered living fossils. Earlier this year, citizens in Cedar Key were trained by FWC and University of Florida biologists to […]Read More
Background The coastal area next to G Street in Cedar Key has changed a lot since the 1970s. A 2008 study funded by the FL Department of Environmental Protection found that the construction of G and 1st streets in the late 1960s and 1970s accelerated erosion and resulted in the loss of the beach from […]Read More
Horseshoe crabs (Limulus polyphemus) are a common sight on sandy beaches and other nearshore habitats in Florida. They mate along beaches, especially during full and new moons of the fall and spring months. This behavior makes study of population numbers convenient because researchers simply need to walk along the beach and count. A citizen science […]Read More
The Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup is an internationally synchronized marine debris cleanup event – it always occurs on the third Saturday in September and has been running for almost 30 years. In Cedar Key, the cleanup has been running for 10 years and usually has a turnout of between 60 and 120 volunteers. This year, […]Read More
By Cory Gillis Quail call counts Once a week, during the Northern Bobwhite quail breeding season, I would begin a call count survey at sunrise. The procedure was to stop at 10 designated locations. When I arrived at each location, I would wait at least 1 minute to let the wildlife resume its usual activity […]Read More
I type this tonight from Cedar Key, Florida during 60-mph winds and pouring rain from Hurricane Hermine. The University of Florida (UF) has construction underway on the new UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station. This Station is part of UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), and it will seek to improve the conservation and […]Read More
This summer I had the opportunity to work on the Cedar Key Living Shoreline Demonstration project in Cedar Key, FL. When I received the news that I had received the position, I was ecstatic. However, I had no idea that I would learn so much, meet so many great people and gain more of an […]Read More
As a freshmen marine science student at the University of Florida, I was aware of the presence of the Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (FAS) department within my college, however, I wasn’t sure that I would ever be involved in fisheries studies. Honestly, I didn’t quite understand the full meaning of the term fisheries- so it […]Read More
This summer one of those ‘experiences of a lifetime’ moments. I could’ve only ever dreamed to happen to me as a child growing up in small town Ohio; where the stalks of corn outnumbered people. I have had the opportunity to enjoy so many experiences through my internship with the St. Martins Marsh and Big […]Read More
This summer my crew and I took a leap of faith and dove deep into the Gulf of Mexico to observe, count, and size Gag grouper populations on our artificial reefs. We spent three days a week working out of Stienhatchee, Florida at the Sea Hag Marina! This summer was a whirlwind of experiences […]Read More
UPDATE 9/23/2016: The ramp in Steinhatchee is open and operational. UPDATE 9/4/2016: The Ideal Marina ramp in Steinhatchee was damaged during Hurricane Hermine, shortly after the original post below was written. The sign and monofilament bin are still located at the ramp but other aspects of the facility will require repairs. I was very sad to […]Read More
By Dr. Mark Clark and Dr. Savanna Barry If you’ve been to Cedar Key lately, you may have noticed heavy machinery and lots of activity going on at Joe Raines Beach and adjacent properties (pictured above). This activity is all due to the Cedar Key Living Shoreline and Tyree Canal Enhancement Project, led by Dr. […]Read More