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Research Support Capabilities

MRDF has the ability to facilitate a wide variety of marine science research projects. With our MarineLab programs, we are on the water nearly 300 days of the year, and doing a quick collection or sampling is feasible and cost effective. Staff can collect, record data, identify, count populations, or any number of data sampling techniques. We can even involve the MarineLab students with the research data collection. MRDF already has several partnerships in place, using our existing staff to do ongoing data collection.

We can also supply access to an underwater habitat and SCUBA support. Accommodations, meal service (for groups), and lab space is also available.

Technology Available

Through its partners, MRDF has access to a wide variety of oceanographic technology.

VideoRay VideoRay VIDEORAY PRO-3

This model is a small, mobile unit with an open architecture that can accommodate a wide variety of tools and sensors. Piloting the ROV remotely over the internet via PC is possible with included "PC Pilot" Software (requires a user-supplied PC - not necessary to operate the system). Though the Pro 3 E configuration is fairly basic, it proves an excellent platform to build upon. All components fit into a watertight, rolling Pelican case. This unit is also usable in the lagoon, operating from the MarineLab Undersea Laboratory.

Staff Support

Mangrove restorationResearch diverscopesSCUBA support

MRDF's staff are able to provide varying degrees of research assistance either with or without the principal investigator's presence. Our staff hold marine science degrees in several different disciplines, and have field research and technical experience. In addition, through their years of experience as MarineLab instructors, they have a tremendous amount of local knowledge of Florida Bay and the reef tract in the Upper Keys.

Researcher On-Site Support

If the researcher requires on-site assistance, MRDF's staff can provide skilled data collection services and data analysis. If a biologist needs a certain species of invertebrate, our staff know where to collect that invertebrate. These biologists are also our boat operators.

Ongoing Support

With our MarineLab programs, we are on the water nearly 300 days of the year, and doing a quick collection or sampling is feasible and cost effective. Staff can collect, record data, identify, count populations, or any number of data sampling techniques. We can even involve the MarineLab students with the research data collection. MRDF already has several partnerships in place, using our existing staff to do ongoing data collection.

 

Measuring transplanted corals
Monitoring phytoplankton for NOAA's phytoplankton monitoring network.
MRDF staff members checking mangrove restoration project.