Mote, University of Guam marry effort to advance ocean research

Dr. Michael P. Crosby, Mote Marine Laboratory President and CEO; Dr. Robert Underwood, UOG President.

Wednesday, Aug. 3, Mote Marine Laboratory and the University of Guam Marine Laboratory forged a new partnership, which will benefit scientists, students and faculty while enhancing collaboration in marine research and science education.

Leaders of the two institutions, Mote President and CEO Dr. Michael P. Crosby and UOG President Dr. Robert Underwood, celebrated the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) at UOG’s campus in the heart of Mangilao on the island of Guam. The MOU lays the foundation for collaborations in marine research and education serving the common missions of both institutions.

“Mote is pleased to enter into a partnership with the University of Guam, which will facilitate advancements in marine science and strengthen the capabilities of conducting world-class marine research while enhancing the knowledge and broadening the experiences of the next-generation of scientists for both of our institutions,” Crosby said.

Under this agreement, Mote and UOG will explore exciting opportunities to partner in teaching, introduce more undergraduate students to the cutting-edge coral reef science at Mote’s research facility on Summerland Key and share research and education facilities and infrastructure.

“Coral reefs worldwide are in peril as they face threats such as climate change and ocean acidification,” said Dr. David Vaughan, Manager of Mote’s Coral Restoration Program. “With this partnership, Mote and UOG scientists will be able to collaborate, put our heads together, and truly enhance research investigating resilience in coral reef organisms to ocean acidification, coral reef restoration, coral reef ecology and studying other threats faced by corals today.”


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