Aquarius contributes to research, space exploration, education

By Valerie Ramirez

Aquarius Reef Base

FIU’s Aquarius Reef Base, the world’s only undersea research laboratory has played a critical role in scientific research on threatened coral reef ecosystems, training for NASA astronauts and procedure development for specialized divers. FIU has also created marine education programs focused on Aquarius that capture the attention and imagination of the public. In part because of Aquarius and the work of the university’s Institute of Environment, FIU was ranked No. 9 in the world and No. 3 in the U.S. by the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings on Sustainable Development Goal 14, Life Below Water.

Thomas Potts, associate director of Research Administration at Aquarius Reef Base, and Roger Garcia, Aquarius operations director and an FIU diving safety officer, coauthored an article on FIU’s Medina Aquarius Program’s most notable milestones in the latest issue of Environmental Coastal & Offshore magazine.

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