Research Labs and Initiatives

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Biogeography Research Lab: The preeminent theme in the Biogeography Research Lab is the conservation of species, communities, and genetic diversity in the face of unprecedented natural system alteration, especially in freshwater systems disturbed by damming, channelization, levees, and other flow changes and obstructions. 

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Coastal Studies Lab: The Coastal Studies Lab at FAU supports field and laboratory research focusing on coastal geology, geomorphology, and sedimentology.  The lab is equipped with state-of-the-art surveying equipment, including a high-accuracy (sub-centimeter) Real-Time Kinematic Global Positioning System (RTK GPS) and a rugged electronic total station, as well as sediment analyses equipment for textural and compositional assessments.  A variety of undergraduate and graduate research projects are supported by the lab, including studies relating to morphologic evolution relating to storm-impacts and beach nourishment, critical ecological functions of healthy beaches (i.e., sea turtle nesting habitat), sediment transport, and coastal resiliency.  For more information, contact Dr. Tiffany Roberts Briggs at

Environmental Geophysics Lab:  The Department of Geosciences Environmental Geophysics Labat FAU focuses in near-surface hydrogeophysical methods to investigate a wide array of environmental issues at both the laboratory and field scales, particularly in the Everglades. Projects range from limestone and peat studies in the Everglades and northern peatlands abroad, to stratigraphic and archaeological applications. The lab is equipped with state-of-the-art geophysical equipment with emphasis in electromagnetic methods such as ground penetration radar and terrain conductivity, and provides hands-on research opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students.
For further information contact Xavier Comas at

Water Analysis Lab: The Department of Geosciences at Florida Atlantic University is being developed to provide high quality analyses of water samples to support environmental research done by faculty in the department, the university, and their collaborators. The lab places a strong emphasis on providing educational and research opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students. The lab is being equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation to perform nutrient, alkalinity, and elemental analyses. We also analyze for stable isotopes of water.

Remote Education and Assessment of Critical Habitats, REACH: This project, funded by FAU's Technology Fee Program, is aimed at bringing the field into the classroom and taking the classroom into the field. We will be installing three remote environmental monitoring sites in different native habitats on the ecological preserve on FAU's Boca Raton campus. Data from the monitoring program will be wirelessly transmitted to a Geographic Information System server that will be accessible to students in the classroom.
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