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If you've taken a cruise out of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, you've likely noticed the tall building on the east side overlooking the port. But you're likely unfamiliar with it's mission.

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The Nova Southeastern University Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography is an 86,000 square-foot structure that is home to the Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Ecosystems Research. Opened in September 2013, the facility was made possible by a $15 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology.

The multidisciplinary research building addresses coral reef research in five areas: impact of stressors; geospatial assessment and mapping; deep sea coral reef and biodiversity; genetic and genomic connectivity, and hydrodynamics.

The facility features a coral nursery that grows corals in a controlled environment before transplanting them to offshore nurseries. There are also labs for the study of deep ocean organisms and shallow-water creatures in tropical waters.

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