2023 Division Of Research Annual Report

8 Guy Harvey Oceanographic Research Center Noble: NSU’s Guy Harvey Oceanographic Research Center was awarded LEED® Silver Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. The 87,000-square-foot research facility occupies a 6-acre site on NSU’s 10-acre Oceanographic Campus nestled within Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park, with easy access to Florida’s coral reef. Advanced tools and resources allow students, researchers, and the community to study oceanographic and environmental issues affecting one of earth’s greatest natural resources: coral reef ecosystems. Notable: Dedicated labs facilitate ongoing research related to conservation biology and genetics, microbiology and genetics, systems biology and genetics, coral histology, coral monitoring and restoration, stony coral, deep-sea biology, ichthyology, invertebrates, physical oceanography, remote sensing and geographic information system (GIS) mapping, and reproduction and evolution. Novel: The National Coral Reef Institute (NCRI) was established by congressional mandate in 1998 and operates out of the Guy Harvey Oceanographic Research Center, making NSU the largest coral reef research center in the world. The NCRI is recognized by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as one of its external research institutes. NSU research scientists and students utilize both offshore and onshore nurseries to grow “new” corals, which are then outplanted to reefs to help them rebound from stressors such as increasing ocean temperatures. NSU’s nursery is also used to house corals and other reef organisms that must be quarantined before transfer to other facilities. Most recently, the nursery has become a safe harbor for multiple coral species traumatized by stony coral tissue loss disease and removed from various reefs until this mortality threat subsides. NSU’s Guy Harvey Oceanographic Research Center is also the headquarters for the Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program. NSU researchers and volunteers monitor 24 miles of county beaches, mark turtle nests, and collect data for local, state, and federal conservation agencies. A celebrated design masterpiece is one anchor for NSU’s Halmos College of Arts and Sciences. Named for the world-renowned wildlife artist and conservationist, the Guy Harvey Oceanographic Research Center is home to the Guy Harvey Research Institute (GHRI), the Save Our Seas Shark Foundation Research Centre (SOSF-SRC), and the National Coral Reef Institute (NCRI), to name three highlights. NSU RESEARCH HUB HIGHLIGHTS $37.4 Million college funding awards for FY 2022 $3.89 Million latest funding for coral disease research By the Numbers