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Institutional Affiliations: The Keys Marine Laboratory (KML), located at mile marker 68.5 bayside on Long Key, in the City of Layton, Florida, is operated by the Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO), a consortium under the State University System (SUS). KML was established in 1987 as a full-service marine research and education center serving undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and researchers from the state, national and international scientific communities. KML, through FIO, is a member of the National Association of Marine Laboratories (NAML), Southern Association of Marine Laboratories (SAML), and the Association of Marine Laboratories of the Caribbean (AMLC).

Contact Lisa Tipsword the operations manager at:
Email: tipsword@keysmarinelab.org
Phone: (305) 664.9101
Fax: (305) 664.0850
Send Mail to:
PO Box 968
68486 Overseas Highway US #1
Long Key, FL 33001-0968
Send Shipments to:
68486 Overseas Highway
Long Key, FL 33001-0968
The Keys Marine Laboratory has been under the new direction of Dr. Nancy Thompson since October 2011 and we have gained considerable momentum in our endeavor to improve the KML. We are excited to share our plans for the facilities and programs available at the Keys Marine Laboratory.
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Information (pictures, bios, and contact) about the scientific, administrative, and maintenance staff at the KML.
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KML was originally built as a public attraction and research center by Sea World of Florida, Inc. in 1978. Proving unprofitable as a public attraction, Sea World closed the facility to the public in 1982, but retained the property to accommodate the company’s internal research and animal husbandry activities. In July, 1983, the State University System of Florida (SUS) entered into a cooperative agreement with Sea World to use the facility for research and education programs for Florida’s state universities. In addition, scientists from other states were encouraged to use the facility, and many became regular users.

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