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
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.