About SERL

The Seagrass Ecosystems Research Laboratory (SERL) is part of FIU's Department of Biological Sciences and the School of Environment, Arts and Society in the College of Arts, Sciences and Education. SERL is also affiliated with the Southeast Environmental Research Center, the Center for Coastal Oceans Research, and the CREST Center for Aquatic Chemistry and Environment in the Institute of Water and Environment. SERL scientists actively collaborate across departments and research centers to improve our research and methodology, not only within FIU but throughout the USA and around the world. At SERL we recognize that seagrass science is a global and cross-disciplinary endeavor, and we strive for strong communication and collaboration within our research community.

Located at FIU's Modesto A. Maidique Campus (MMC) in Miami, SERL is near Biscayne National Park , Everglades National Park including Florida Bay, and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. We access these systems via FIU vehicles and small boats, including our beloved 21' R/V Halophila and a 26' Twin Vee. We are frequent guests at the Florida Bay Interagency Science Center in Key Largo, which provides a southern hub for our laboratory and field operations, as well as Dry Tortugas National Park. Our lab space at MMC includes a wet lab, instrument lab, graduate student offices, and space for field ops. SERL instrumentation includes elemental analyzers, spectrophotometers, an alkalinity titrator, a freeze drier, a wet sieve, ovens, furnaces, microbalances, and various deployable oceanographic sensors.