Center Overview

The Oceanographic Center is one of the 17 colleges and schools of Nova Southeastern University and is one of its four local campuses.   NSU’s 300 acre main campus is located in Fort Lauderdale-Davie, Florida. There are three other main locations: the Fort Lauderdale East Campus, the North Miami Beach Campus, and the Oceanographic Center in Hollywood (mailing address Dania Beach). 


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The Oceanographic Center is only 12 miles from the Main Campus and is nestled at the end of John U. Lloyd State Park directly on the entrance channel of Port Everglades and within one hundred meters hundred feet of the open Atlantic Ocean.

The NSU OC campus spans 10 acres and features a large marina with a variety of research vessels. There is easy access to coastal and open ocean environments and ecosystems.

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The OC campus includes five buildings:

1.    The Dr. Charles and Hamilton Forman building, completed in 1970, contain offices as well as classrooms for onsite classes for lecture, computing and GIS, and laboratory teaching. Classrooms are outfitted with large monitors and telecommunication equipment. There is a large warehouse for equipment storage.  There are several laboratories including for scanning and transmission electron microscopy, The Forman building contains a recently completed Graduate Student Center which comprises a study area and lounge.  There is a SGA (Student Government Association) office, as well as offices for potential employers to meet to discuss job placement.   NOAA NMFS employees occupy several offices in Forman.  

2.    The Mellon building, constructed shortly after Forman, contains a teaching laboratory and maintenance facilities.

3.    The Alexander and Dorothy Shure building was completed in 1976 and renovated in 1995. It contains academic program offices, faculty offices, a classroom and teaching lab, as well as research laboratories

4.    A sturdy modular building, affectionately known as Mod II, contains a teaching laboratory, specimen collections, fisheries lab, offices, and laboratory and office space for USGS.   Mod II is adjacent to a sand Volleyball court for students and staff use.

5.    The most recent building was completed in 2012.  It is designated as the Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Ecosystems Research (CoE CRER) facility. It is environmentally friendly and state of the art with 86,000 square feet of usable space. The building is silver LEED certified. The activities in this research building are multi-disciplinary to address national and international priorities in coral reef research in five thematic areas:
The CoE includes space for offices, research laboratories, collaboration, research training, and fieldwork staging.  Laboratories include for mapping and geospatial analysis, microbiology, genetics and genomics, histology, geology, ecological modeling, deep sea optical and vision, ichthyology, coral reef assessment, monitoring, and restoration, and wet laboratories for seawater usage and organism maintenance. The COE houses a research library for the many disciplines of marine science, an auditorium, seminar rooms, seawater purification and delivery system, and outside experimentation facility.   The facilities also include a SCUBA gear storage area and tank fill station for regular air and nitrox.

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