SEA Trek



Marine Careers

Beginning in 1955 with Dr. Eugenie Clark’s foundation of shark research, Mote is now more than 200 employees strong, including more than 30 Ph.D. scientists. We conduct groundbreaking research with more than 20 diverse research programs focusing on today’s challenges as well as identifying and addressing future impacts. The advancement of this kind of research is vital to unlocking potential solutions to some of today’s most daunting global challenges.

  • Recommended for Ages (Grades): 11–18 (6th–12th) + Lifelong Learners

  • Duration: πŸ• up to 60 minutes

Research Connection: Internships

Animals in this lesson: dolphin, corals, manatee, sea turtle, shark, stingray, squid

Keywords: ecology, ecosystem, education, environment, college, conservation, marine biologist, shark, manatee, sea turtle, research, careers, coral reefs

Objectives: Students will learn about marine science and aquarium careers and what it takes to work in these fascinating fields.

Overview: Mote Marine Laboratory presents a media-rich program on the research conducted at Mote Marine Laboratory. It includes behind-the-scenes looks at the research and facilities at Mote; examples of scientists working in the field and laboratories; conservation messages; and an open questions and answer session with our science careers expert.

Featured topics can include: shark research, animal husbandry, sea turtle nest monitoring, manatee training and research, coral reef research and restoration, behind the scenes at our cephalopod lab.

Mote Research Map

Mote Marine Laboratory’s scientific research has a long standing history of international reach and impact. The map below shows some of our research locations and programs. Click on the icons to view additional details and media.

Extra media featuring Mote research

The following media can be used before or after your live virtual field trip with Mote to enhance the lesson.


Subject Areas

Life Sciences

Ocean Literacy Principles

OLP #5 The ocean supports a great diversity of life and ecosystemsOLP #6 The ocean and humans are inextricably interconnected

UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Goal 4: Quality EducationGoal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patternsGoal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impactsGoal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources
UN SDG icon - #4 Quality Education
Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources