research at Pigeon Key

Tue Feb 13 08:30:15 EST 1996

To all interested parties, 

As you may have heard, Pigeon Key is undergoing extensive renovations to its 
historic railroad-era buildings. The old lab building (Section Gang Quarters) 
has been completed and is available as a teaching and meeting facility. 
Several other buildings, including the dormitory, have recently received 
funding and work will commence shortly. 

Mote Marine Laboratory has established the Pigeon Key Marine Research Center 
(PKMRC) on the island to support research and college/graduate education. A 
wet lab with seawater system will be operational within a few weeks and boats 
will be available. 

The PKMRC also has a historic structure, the Bridge Foreman's House (the old 
"dock" house) that will serve as a dry lab. Although it now contains an 
office and some very basic bench space, it is in need of complete renovation. 
The plans call for a National Register quality restoration (Pigeon Key is a 
National Historic District) but with modern laboratories within. An  NSF 
Facilities Grantis being submitted to request funding to assist with the 
renovations. I am seeking expressions of interest from researchers who would 
consider using the PKMRC, particularly those that would need dry lab space.  

Please plan to stop by if any of you are in the Keys and see all that has 
been done (and needs to be done!). For those of you not familiar with Pigeon 
Key, check our Web page at: 



Erich Mueller, Ph.D., Director                 Phone: (305) 289-4282 
Mote Marine Laboratory                          FAX:   (305) 289-9664 
Pigeon Key Marine Research Center        email: FKMRC at 
P.O. Box 500895 
Marathon, FL   33050 

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