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The Keys Marine Laboratory is a full-service marine field station situated in the heart of the Florida Keys island chain at mile marker 68.5. The facility offers a unique opportunity for college level education and researchers studying the only tropical marine ecosystems in the continental United States. An ideal location with easy access to Florida Bay, the Everglades National Park, the Florida Current, and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, KML offers an excellent base of operations for your next field excursion.
Links to our Stategic Plan including **Vision Statement**  and **Mission Statement** 

2018 End-of-Year at KML:
 
We would like to share some exciting news and important updates from the Keys Marine Laboratory.

Most recently, Dr. Cynthia Lewis, our Deputy Director, successfully defended her doctoral dissertation to receive her Doctor of Philosophy in Biological Sciences.  Please congratulate her when next you visit KML!

As many of you recall, Hurricane Irma (Sept 2017) was particularly devastating to the Florida Keys including the KML facilities and staff.  We greatly appreciate your outpouring of concern and willingness to volunteer.  We would especially like to thank Dr. Michael Childress and his students at Clemson University for literally “digging in” to help us.  With the quick response and excellent support of the USF Facilities team, we were able to restore complete operations within four months from impact.  Except for the ongoing rebuild of Cindy’s personal residence over a year later, we are glad to leave “Irma” in the past.  Cindy is hoping, barring further construction delays, to return to her home by Spring 2019. 

  

The success of the pilot projects in our newest Seawater System have developed into larger studies including the rescue and treatment of Pillar Coral-Dendrogyra cylindrus, a newly-listed threatened coral species on the Florida Reef.  Our system adaptations uniquely positioned the KML Seawater System to become one of the primary staging facilities for the unprecedented Coral Rescue efforts of multiple species being conducted throughout the Keys by multiple federal, state and local partners. 

 

Over the past few years, we have focused our efforts on updating the dormitories to improve your experiences when staying with us.  Both the Administration and Bay House Dorms have undergone resurfacing renovations which included new flooring and paint as well as select appliances and fixtures.  We are finalizing plans now to renovate the Marina Dorm by dividing the currently adjoined rooms into two separate suites which will offer more privacy options while still accommodating up to eight researcher/students.     

 

To ensure our ability to provide a well purposed platform for your courses and projects, we are releasing a new 2019 Rate Sheet which will take effect January 1, 2019.  We remain keenly aware of the funding challenges we all face in the science and education communities.  Therefore, if you have already scheduled use of KML for 2019, we will honor the rates we quoted previously.  If you need clarification or have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us anytime.  We greatly appreciate your support and welcome your input throughout our continuous improvement efforts.  Please stop in during your next visit to meet with Nancy or Cindy or any of the KML Staff for information or suggestions.  We look forward to seeing you all again in the coming year!

 

With Warm Regards,

The KML Team