Expeditions

Students excavating

Building on shells: Unraveling mysteries of Calusa kingdom

Centuries before modern countries such as Dubai and China started building islands, the Calusa Indians living in southwest Florida were piling shells into massive heaps to construct their own water-bound towns. One island in particular, Mound Key,...
The Okeanos Explorer

A new age for exploring the uncharted deep sea

The Okeanos Explorer streams live footage while exploring ocean biodiversity and geography, allowing scientists and citizens to follow its expeditions online. ...
16th century copper plate engraving of Columbus

History Re-written: Christopher Columbus and the cannibals

This 16th century copper plate engraving by Theodor de Bry depicts Christopher Columbus landing in the Caribbean. Courtesy of the University of Florida Smathers Library Special Collections Indigenous Bahamians plunged into the Caribbean ocean of ...
These dredge contents collected near Seahorse Key

First BioBlitz at Seahorse Key

During the winter holidays every year, hundreds of “snowbirds” travel from the northern U.S. and Canada for the warmth of the South Florida sun. But there’s ...