UF/IFAS NCBS serves as a coastal and marine field laboratory to support UF classes and workshops. Our biological station on Cedar Key, Florida is located directly on the Gulf of Mexico and also within 55 miles of UF’s main campus. Our location and facilities offer exceptional opportunities for hands-on education in the coastal environment. The UF/IFAS NCBS Seahorse Key Marine Lab is located a short boat ride away and includes the historic lighthouse, a 26-person dormitory, and indoor and outdoor marine laboratories.

Our facilities offer opportunities for students to learn marine science, ecology, social/economic aspects of coastal systems, and impacts of climate change on systems in Florida. We support courses associated with the Marine Science Major at UF, both within the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences  and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  

Further, classes at UF/IFAS NCBS include those from the College of Veterinary Medicine, UF Heath, the UF Law School, and Santa Fe College. 

Teaching at UF/IFAS NCBS

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Classes that use NCBS/SKML

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Field Ecology of Aquatic Organisms (FAS 5276C)
  • Marine Biology (ZOO 4403C)
  • Marine Geomatics (SUR 4934 / SUR 6934)
  • Field Ecology of Aquatic Organisms (FAS 4932 / FAS 5277C)
  • Topics in Gulf of Mexico Estuarine Ecology (FAS 6932)
  • Biology (ZOO 6927)
  • Island Biology (ZOO 6932)
  • Intro to Oceanography (OCE 1001)
  • Archeology (ARC 6773)
  • Environmental Journalism (JOU 4314 / MMC 6905)