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Guy Harvey Oceanographic Center Unveiled

by: John Bell,

(Apr 21, 2015 - FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, FL.) Since Guy Harvey, Ph.D. has supported, and continues to support NSU in scholarship, research and the conservation of marine life, Nova Southeastern University (NSU) has named its newest research facility the Guy Harvey Oceanographic Center.

Opened in 2012, the five-story, 87,000 square foot research facility is located within John U. Lloyd State Park in Hollywood (8000 North Ocean Drive.) Ceremony attendees for the Friday, April 10th unveiling of the Guy Harvey Oceanographic Center included Dr. Guy Harvey, NSU President and CEO George L.  Hanbury, Ph.D., NSU Trustees, students, faculty and staff.

“Nova Southeastern University has had a long-standing relationship with Dr.Harvey, and we¹re thrilled that will continue for many more years to come,” said Hanbury. “His generosity is ensuring today¹s leaders in marine sciences teach and pass on their expertise to tomorrow¹s researchers. I am very
pleased that Guy Harvey is putting his name ­ literally ­ on the growing legacy of our Oceanographic Center.”

For many years, NSU has enjoyed an excellent working relationship with Harvey through the Guy Harvey Research Institute (GHRI), where researchers and students work together as they study and learn about all aspects of our marine ecosystem.

"I am honored to have my name on such a high profile building in South Florida that is doing cutting-edge marine science research," said Harvey. "It is the latest and most significant step in an incredible partnership with NSU that began 16 years ago. And it is my hope that the work that will be done in the future in this building will make a significant difference in the lives of many individuals and the conservation of our oceans’ resources.”

Along with Harvey's signature on the side of the facility, his name will also adorn the roof of the building. Given NSU's Oceanographic Center is in the flight path for aircraft coming to and from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, the potential is for millions of people to recognize
his name as well as the City of Hollywood, Florida and NSU.

While most people recognize Harvey as a marine wildlife artist, not many are aware that he earned a Ph.D. in fisheries biology. This love of the marine world, his desire to learn more about our ocean-bound neighbors and his mission to provide direction and assistance in the protection and
conservation of these creatures that led to the formation of the GHRI in 1999.

About Nova Southeastern University (NSU): Located in beautiful Fort Lauderdale, Florida, NSU is a dynamic research institution dedicated to providing high-quality educational programs at the undergraduate, graduate and first-professional degrees levels.  An independent, not-for-profit
institution with approximately 25,000 students, NSU has campuses in Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Miramar, Orlando, Palm Beach and Tampa, Florida as well as  San Juan, Puerto Rico and online globally.

For more than 50 years, NSU has been awarding degrees in a wide range of fields, while fostering groundbreaking research and an impactful commitment to community. Classified as a research university with ”high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, NSU is one of only 37 universities nationwide to also be awarded Carnegie¹s Community Engagement Classification.

About NSU's Oceanographic Center:  The Oceanographic Center provides high-quality graduate education programs (i.e. master¹s, doctoral, certificate) in a broad range of marine science disciplines. Center researchers carry out innovative, basic and applied marine and research
programs in coral reel biology, ecology, and geology; fish biology, ecology, and conservation; shark and billfish ecology; fisheries science; deep sea organismal biology and ecology; invertebrate and vertebrate genomics, genetics, molecular ecology, and evolution; microbiology; biodiversity;
observation and modeling of large scale ocean circulation, coastal dynamics, and ocean atmosphere coupling; benthic habitat mapping; biodiversity;histology; and calcification.

About NSU's Guy Harvey Research Institute: Established in 1999, the Guy Harvey Research Institute (GHRI) is a collaboration between the renowned marine artist, scientist and explorer, Dr. Guy Harvey, and Nova Southeastern University¹s Oceanographic Center. The mission of the GHRI is to provide the scientific information necessary to understand, conserve, and effectively manage the world¹s marine fishes and their ecosystems. The GHRI is one of only a handful of private organizations dedicated exclusively to the science-based conservation of marine fish populations and biodiversity. The research, education and outreach activities of the GHRI are supported by the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, AFTCO Inc., extramural research grants, philanthropic donations by private businesses and individuals, and NSU.

About Guy Harvey, Ph.D.: A marine wildlife artist and conservationist, Guy Harvey earned a Ph.D. in fisheries biology from the University of the West Indies in Jamaica. His depictions of marine life, especially sportfish such as marlin, are very popular with sport fishermen and have been reproduced in prints, posters, t-shirts, jewelry, clothing and other consumer items. Harvey is also a very vocal and active advocate for marine conservation, having established the Guy Harvey Research Institute at Nova Southeastern University as well as the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, an organization that
funds marine conservation research and educational initiatives.