Monday, October 8, 2012

NSU leads with America's largest coral reef research center

The multi-billion dollar coral reef industry received a boost recently with the dedication of Nova Southeastern University’s Center for Excellence for Coral Reef Ecosystems Research.

Located at John U. Lloyd Beach State Park in Hollywood (near Dania Beach) the 87,000 square-foot complex is the nation’s only facility dedicated solely to coral reef ecosystems research. NSU will now be positioned to take a leadership role in marine research in Florida, a state with 84 percent of America’s reefs.

Reefs bring significant business to Florida with more than 70,000 employed by dive shops, boat tours, and cruises. One of the best diving reefs in the state is off Lauderdale-by-the-Sea and draws visitors from around the globe.

The $50 million five-story center, overlooking the ocean and Fort Lauderdale, was financed with a $15 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce and through funds raised by NSU. It will employ 50 graduate students and its scientists will conduct research throughout the world.

NSU’s Center for Coral Reef Ecosystems Research, which sits near the entrance of Port Everglades, recently won the Overall Project Award by the Design-Build Institute of America’s Florida region. With a design inspired by the sea, the concrete building is made eye-worthy with dramatic curtain walls of glass.

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