The Medina Aquarius Program is dedicated to the study and preservation of marine ecosystems worldwide. As part of the FIU Marine Education and Research Initiative, the Program is enhancing the scope and impact of FIU on research, educational outreach, technology development, and professional training. At the heart of the program is the one-of-a-kind Aquarius Reef Base, the world’s only undersea research laboratory.
Deployed 60 feet beneath the surface in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Aquarius is a globally significant asset that provides unparalleled means to study the ocean, test and develop state-of-the-art undersea technology, train specialized divers and astronauts, and engage the world's imagination. At Aquarius, scientists are at the cutting edge of research on coral reefs, ocean acidification, climate change, fisheries and the overall health of the oceans...Read More.
This 48-hour NBDHMT-approved program provides didactic and practical training addressing recognition, stabilization and treatment of decompression and other diving-related injuries. Course topics include: diving physiology, recognition of marine life hazards, clinical assessment of diving injuries such as barotrauma and DCS, neurological examinations, hyperbaric chamber operations. Upon successful completion of the course, students may apply to NBDHMT for certification as a Diver Medic.
We excited to announce that we will be offering virtual field trip opportunities during our next mission: NEEMO 22. The NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) is a mission that sends groups of astronauts, engineers and scientists to live and work underwater in Aquarius. On June 19th-22nd we have virtual field trip opportunities through Skype in The Classroom from 9:00am-3:00pm EST. For more information on registering for a virtual field trip click the link above.
Learn how FIU scientists investigated how predator identity affects foraging behavior of herbivorous fishes and how responses of these fishes varied with time of day. In a controlled experiment at Aquarius, on a coral reef in the Florida Keys, FIU scientists used fiberglass predator models of a similarly sized black grouper (Mycteroperca bonaci) and great barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda) to simulate predation risk during three times of day. Click on the link above to access the full article.