A love affair with living underwater

Aquarius Reef Base

More than 50 years of oceanic exploration has changed society’s relationship with the planet.

Today, there is only underwater research laboratory in the world – FIU’s Aquarius Reef Base.

Among the visionaries who have lived aboard Aquarius: Sylvia Earle, famed marine biologist and ocean explorer, Chris Hadfield, astronaut and former commander of the International Space Station, and Fabien Cousteau, leader of the historic Mission-31.

Helen Scales took BBC listeners aboard Aquarius in “The Life Sub-Aquatic.”

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.

To read the story by Chris Michael, visit The Guardian.