Marine Education and Research Center
The Marine Education and Research Center (MERC) provides unique educational opportunities and unites marine-related research groups to foster collaboration and synergistic activities. MERC’s goal is to make FIU a recognized world leader in marine science research and education.
Housing programs like the Medina Aquarius Program, our successes are measured by the research productivity of its faculty, as well as the number of students that are trained in the marine science specialty courses. MERC is not a degree-granting entity; rather its faculty are recruited from many departments at the University. Currently, MERC has close connections through faculty to the Department of Biological Sciences and the Marine Biology Major within Biology. Within the College of Arts, Sciences & Education's School of Environment, Arts and Society, MERC also has strong ties with the interdepartmental academic Marine Science Program.