Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce

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Lab Overview

Our lab studies the interactions between marine organisms and their environments.  This includes both how animals and plants respond to the physical elements that surround them- temperature, salinity, etc. - as well as relationships between species, such as competition, symbioses, and facilitation.   Much of our work focuses on the tremendous diversity of marine invertebrates, and how this diversity responds to anthropogenic stressors.

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Research Projects


Get Involved!

The Benthic Ecology Lab is always looking for enthusiastic volunteers and interns that have a passion for the environment and a love for learning. Volunteers and interns engage in field work, microscope analysis, and are encouraged to develope their own research projects within the scope of the lab. Please click "here" to view current volunteer opportunities in the Benthic Ecology Lab and Smithsonian Marine Station!



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