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Registration Open for FAU’s Harbor Branch ‘Semester by the Sea’ Program

FORT PIERCE, FL (November 5, 2012) -  Registration for Florida Atlantic University’s annual “Semester by the Sea” (SBTS) 2013 program for undergraduate students studying marine biology is open now through Friday, January 11. The STBS program runs Monday, January 7 through Friday, May 3 at FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI), located at 5600 U.S.1 North, Fort Pierce. Early registration is strongly recommended, and students from any college or university are welcome to apply.

 “SBTS students have the opportunity to attain research skills and knowledge that provide a strong foundation for a career in marine biology and for excelling in graduate programs,” said Ed Proffitt, Ph.D., associate professor and SBTS program coordinator at FAU’s HBOI. “Our students learn from and study with the best.”

The SBTS program provides an unforgettable learning environment that couples small class sizes, hands-on lab instruction and intensive field studies in subtropical marine ecosystems. The recommended program of study consists of three core courses and one elective course. Study topics include:

  • subtropical biodiversity and ecology of seagrasses, reefs, and mangroves
  • techniques and applications of molecular biology in marine systems
  • techniques integral to aquaculture of important species
  • fundamentals of physical and chemical oceanography

An “Ocean Discovery” course is also available and involves going to sea for several days for intensive studies.

HBOI faculty are leaders in their respective fields, which include the study of marine mammals, oysters, aquaculture, coral, seagrasses, mangroves, microalgae, and marine natural products drug discovery. The campus sits on the shores of the Indian River Lagoon, the most biologically diverse estuary in North America. During SBTS, students have the option of living on the HBOI campus or staying off-campus in nearby Vero Beach or Fort Pierce.

To register for SBTS, contact Ed Proffitt at


About Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute:
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute as Florida Atlantic University is a research institute dedicated to exploration, innovation, conservation and education related to the oceans. Harbor Branch was founded in 1971 as a private non-profit organization. In December 2007, Harbor Branch joined Florida Atlantic University. The institute specializes in ocean engineering, at-sea operations, drug discovery and biotechnology from the oceans, coastal ecology and conservation, marine mammal research and conservation, aquaculture, and marine education. For more information, visit

Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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