AAUS Diver Proficiency Workshop


April 14th-17th, 2017

This is an intensive  four day workshop (32 hour minimum) hosted by the Florida Institute of Oceanography at the Keys Marine Laboratory (KML). 




This workshop is designed to provide an opportunity for newly trained, or inexperienced, American Academy of Underwater Science (AAUS) Divers-in-Training (DIT) to gain proficiency in scientific diving techniques.  





Upon completion, the DIT will have successfully earned their 30 ft scientific diver rating while gaining proficiency in many diving skills commonly used in marine research.  



It also allows the opportunity for previously trained and active AAUS divers to maintain their status, as required by AAUS Standards Section 5.60, by providing dives that contribute to the annual number of dives required to maintain their depth rating.  










This workshop is NOT intended to train beginning scientific divers.  Instead, it offers the opportunity to advance or maintain their current AAUS scientific diver status, while learning skills crucial to conducting underwater research.  











If are a current AAUS diver or Diver-in-Training interested in this workshop, you can register through University of South Florida’s Continuing Education website here: http://www.usf.edu/continuing-education/programs/ce-partnerships.aspx


The workshop will be limited to 8 divers. We hope to confirm numbers by March 17th and have all necessary LORs submitted by March 27th

Please contact KML's DSO, Bill Ferrell wferrell@mail.usf.edu  if you have any questions.
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2017 KML Open House



Keys Marine Lab Open House

Saturday, March 4, 2017
1:00-3:00 
Long Key mile marker 68.5 bayside
During Layton Day Celebration

 

Live animal displays


Slide shows in the classroom
Chat with staff scientists




Informational materials


 ~ ~ ~ Uneven terrain ~ ~ ~
Appropriate footwear strongly suggested


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Science Seminar #5 March 1, 2017




"SEX-sess with Coral Spawning"
New Technologies for Restoration of Massive Corals
By Dr. David Vaughn, Mote Tropical Research Lab





Mote scientists attaching coral fragments to cover dead coral heads
Come join us!
2016-2017 Winter Science Seminars
March 1st
Wed. 6:00-7:00 pm
KML Classroom
Long Key - mile marker 68.5 bayside
Pillar Coral female releasing eggs - Aug 2016

Pillar Coral males spawning in the Dry Tortugas - Aug 2015
photo by K Neely

New pillar coral recruit from human-assisted spawning Aug 2016 - first time in Florida







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KML Science Seminar Wed pm Feb 1st


How Low Can You Go: Restoration and coral holobiont composition across depths on Conch Reef
Postdoc Dr. Anthony Bellantuono & PhD candidates Dan Merselis & Katherine Dougan, members of the IMaGeS Lab at Florida International University (FIU) headed by Dr. Mauricio Rodriguez-Lanetty, have been collaborating since 2015 with NASA NEEMO astronauts to explore coral symbiont diversity in the vicinity of FIU Medina Aquarius, the world’s only undersea research lab. 

A diver outside of the Aquarius underwater habitat
Last summer’s work involved establishing experimental coral restoration nurseries at deep and shallow reefs accessible from the habitat. This team of FIU scientists worked closely with NASA NEEMO astronauts on coral identification and sampling to simulate protocols for future a Mars mission, while testing hypotheses designed to better understand the coral symbiosis for restoration. Come join us at KML to learn about this exciting project.

Come join us at KML to learn about this exciting project.
KML Classroom
Wed Feb 1st 
6:00-7:00pm
For more on the IMaGeS Lab website: IMaGeS Lab 
(Laboratory of Integrative Marine Genomics and Symbiosis

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Welcome Josh Farmer to KML

The Keys Marine Lab is excited to announce the arrival of our newest staff biologist, Joshua Farmer. Josh has his Bachelors of Science in Marine Biology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. After graduation he worked as Research Assistant for Dr. Alina Szmant and Dr. Robert Whitehead from UNCW, on their Coral In-Situ Metabolism and Energetics (CISME) Project.  Josh is also a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and worked as Dive Instructor on the East Coast and in the Caribbean.

Please help us welcome Josh to the KML team.
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