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Marine laboratory: who we are

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Program Saturday at library

Seahorse Key Marine Laboratory: who we are, what we do, and what is in it for you!

That is the topic that Dr. Jennifer Seavey, Assistant Director, Seahorse Key Marine Laboratory, University of Florida and Santa Fe College will discuss as she hosts the program at the Cedar Key Public Library on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 10:30 a.m.

As with all library programs, the event is free and open to the public.

Seahorse Key Marine Laboratory, located in the heart of Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge in Florida’s Big Bend, is operated by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at University of Florida and Santa Fe College.

The mission of the field station is to advance the understanding and conservation of marine and coastal systems through research support, field-based teaching and public outreach.

Research programs take advantage of the unique open estuarine system surrounding Seahorse Key. Current research on the island includes marine and terrestrial species ecology, conservation and evolution science.

The lab’s 165-acre island is a living laboratory for K-12 to a wide array of university courses. It partners with Cedar Key Historic Society and Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge to provide many public education opportunities over the year.

They are also currently working with the Cedar Key Arts Center to develop an artists in residence program. The lab offers housing, ecological expertise, local community connections and logistical support to scientists and students.