The Marine Ecology and Acoustics Laboratory is a research group directed by Dr. Kevin Boswell within the Institute of Environment at Florida International University (FIU).
The lab seeks to describe and understand the processes that influence and structure coastal and marine communities.
The lab aims to understand the processes that mediate behavioral and distributional patterns in coastal and marine organisms. The lab focuses on habitat and resource utilization, as well as predator and prey interactions and behaviors. Research in the lab varies geographically, with research in the Gulf of Mexico, Alaska, the north Atlantic, and the coastal waters of Florida.
Using advanced technology, like Autonomous Survey Vessels (ASV), lab researchers are able to access otherwise unavailable areas for observation and monitoring.
Research topics being examined in the lab include:
- Arctic Coastal Ecosystems
- Gulf of Mexico Deep Pelagics
- Vertical Migration ofÂ Sound Scattering Layers
- Broadband Acoustic Swimbladder Modeling
- Goliath Grouper Spawning Aggregation
- Autonomous Survey Platforms
- Coupled Stressors Affecting Fish Behavior