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. In 2016 the two story building was demolished and construction began 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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Before & After Photos:
NCBS Grand Opening Sept. 22nd, 2017
Money for $6.8 million environmental project came from BP oil spill settlement CEDAR KEY — Here, on a barge a little more than a mile off of Shell Mound Campground, about 60 scientists, conservation officials, builders and oystermen gathered to celebrate a collaborative effort. They came by airboat and skiffs to witness the restoration […]Read More
From Director Mike Allen – We were very fortunate at NCBS to have minimal damage from Hurricane Michael. The NCBS site had about 2-3 feet of water, but our team had moved everything upstairs and we sustained no lasting damage. Our hearts go out to our colleagues in the Florida Panhandle, and we wish them the […]Read More
Funding Source: NSF Division of Ocean Sciences Synopsis: Multiple stressors are currently impacting seagrass beds throughout the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean, with two stressors having high potential for interactive effects: herbivory and coastal nutrient additions. Nutrient loading to the coastal zone is considered one of the leading causes of seagrass decline worldwide, but […]Read More
Funding Source: NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program Synopsis: Seagrass is important habitat for a variety of marine and estuarine organisms, especially juveniles of commercially and recreationally important species. For this reason, seagrass is often considered a “nursery” for larger species, providing abundant food and refuge from predators while they are small. This project is […]Read More
Funding Source: NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program Synopsis: Estuaries are areas where the rivers meet the sea. Changes to quantity and quality of freshwater in coastal areas, therefore, can have a drastic impact on the ecology of our estuaries. A major focus of UF/IFAS NCBS research is to determine the impact of changes to […]Read More
Funding Source: Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Synopsis: The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill was a disaster that impacted numerous lives, habitat, and economies along the northern Gulf Coast. As a a member of two Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GOMRI) funded consortia (Coastal Waters Consortium and Alabama Center for Ecological Resilience), I investigated […]Read More
Funding Source: St. Johns River Water Management District Synopsis: Working with Laura Reynolds (UF Soil and Water Science) and Carrie Adams (UF Environmental Horticulture), we are developing new approaches to submerged vegetation restoration, testing these approaches, and using biodiversity hypotheses to restore vegetation and their ecological functions (such as fish habitat use) in […]Read More
Principal Investigator: Ernst Peebles, University of South Florida Co-Investigators: Mya Breitbart, University of South Florida; Steven Murawski, University of South Florida; Christopher Stallings, University of South Florida; Kevin Boswell, Florida International University; James Locascio, Mote Marine Laboratory; Funding Source: Florida Restore Act Centers of Excellence Program Duration: 2016-2019 The Spawning Habitat and […]Read More
Evaluating Alternative Management Options in the Gulf of Mexico Private Recreational Fishery Principal Investigator: David Chagaris Co-Investigators: Mike Allen and Ed Camp, University of Florida Funding Source: The Pew Charitable Trusts Duration: 2016-2018 Seasonal closures are commonly used in recreational and commercial fisheries but they may be less effective when […]Read More
Advancing Ecological Reference Points and Advancing Ecosystem-based Management of Atlantic Menhaden Principal Investigator: Andre Buchheister, Humbolt State University Co-Investigators: Thomas J. Miller, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory; Ed Houde, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory; Amy Schueller, NOAA Fisheries Beaufort Funding Source: Lenfest Ocean Program Duration: 2018-2020 Atlantic menhaden are an important prey species for several marine […]Read More
Principal Investigator: William Patterson, University of Florida Co-Investigators: David Chagaris and Rob Ahrens, University of Florida Funding Source: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Duration: 2018-2019 Lionfish trapping has been proposed as a means to remove lionfish biomass from mesophotic reefs, as well as from protected ecosystems. Spiny lobster fishermen in the Florida […]Read More
An Ecosystem-based Approach to Evaluating Impacts and Management of Invasive Lionfish Principal Investigator: Mike Allen, University of Florida Co-Investigators: David Chagaris and Will Patterson, University of Florida Funding Source: Florida Restore Act Centers of Excellence Program Duration: 2015-2018 Predation by invasive lionfish poses a threat to native reef fish communities and may […]Read More