Marine Systems

  • Small blue fish swimming in a coral reef

    Coral Reef Communtities

    Coral reefs support incredible diversity and play a vital role in supporting fisheries, nursery areas, tourism, and shoreline protection.

  • Scientist collecting coral reef water temperature data

    Coral Reef Water Temperature

    Water temperature is collected as a basic water quality parameter and can help us understand coral bleaching and disease outbreaks.

  • Spiny lobster resting in the bottom of a coral reef


    The Caribbean spiny lobster is one of the most economically important fisheries in both Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

  • An angelfish exploring a coral reef

    Marine Fish Communities

    The health of reef fish communities has a large impact on the economies of south Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

  • Scientist collecting seagrass data


    Seagrass habitats serve as nursery areas for many marine species, supporting a variety of vertebrate and invertebrate life.

Last updated: September 24, 2019