What’s in the Secret Sauce of FHL?

by Trish Morse, PhD
Chair, FHL Advancement Board

What makes FHL an important destination for marine biology investigators? I wish to present a number of the ingredients for us to consider:

1) The surrounding environment of FHL where mud flats, rocky shores, eel grass beds, off shore diving sites, and endless inlets and shorelines are so rich in biological diversity.

2) The facility’s sea water system that allows experimentation in developmental, biomechanical, taxonomic, physiological, cell biological, neurobiological studies — and it goes on. Investigators uncover basic knowledge with marine science as a way of knowing about the natural world.

3) The richness of the research at FHL is closely associated with the diversity of the independent investigators, often academic faculty from universities and colleges across the US and Canada and from numerous overseas countries.

4) The collaborative nature of FHL research often results in students evolving to academic positions, and then they bring their students to FHL and on it goes. These investigators are and continue to be the sources of new and up-to-date technologies shared by students and faculty at FHL.

5) The emphasis on students to ask their own questions. Research is student- centered. These students are the future for marine biology and academic positions at colleges and universities across the country.

The generosity of members of our FHL Community and the FHL Advancement Board is the final ingredient. Thank you for your continual care and concerns for bringing qualified students to this special destination.