Another possible location for the South Florida Field Experience is Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI) in Ft. Pierce, Fla. The Institute is an internationally known center of ocean exploration and technology. Its ships, submersibles and remotely operated vehicles have greatly enhanced our knowledge of the sea and its inhabitants.
HBOI offers an ideal location to study about marine technology, its past, present and future. It is also a research and education center for algal, invertebrate and fish aquaculture. At HBOI you will be introduced to the most recent developments in marine biotechnology and the discovery of pharmaceuticals from marine organisms.
While at HBOI we will focus on the Indian River Lagoon, one of the most diverse estuaries in the United States. Field trips will take us to beaches, marshes and mud flats in the region. HBOI scientists will join us for guest lectures and outings. The well-equipped laboratories and computer facilities of the J. Seward Johnson Marine Education and Conference Center will allow us to continue independent research projects begun in the Keys.
HBOI is located centrally along Florida's densely populated east coast. This will afford us a prime opportunity to examine major coastal zone issues from scientific, technological and societal perspectives. We'll try to answer such questions as: What are the economic and environmental impacts of large commercial harbors? How does commercial and residential development affect the ever-moving barrier islands? How has the nearby Disney enterprise affected the Central Florida environment?