Since formation inception in 1966, Nova Southeastern University Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography has a long history of conducting high quality ocean research in a variety of topics and disciplines. Initially concentrating primarily on physical oceanography, today the Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography faculty, researchers, staff, and students pursue studies and investigations in a variety of oceanographic fields including marine biology, geology, ecology, and physics of the marine realm. Research remains at the forefront of the Center's many initiatives.
The Center's faculty and staff are academics, professors, researchers, and teacher/mentors for their students. Their work is published in the peer-reviewed literature. Much research is extramurally funded through grants, cooperative agreements, contracts, and awards from federal, state, and local governments, from NGO’s, and from private organizations and foundations.
Regions of interest include not only Florida's coastal waters and the continental shelf/slope waters of the southeastern United States, but also the waters of the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Antarctic, Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans.
Some important research focus areas include: