Fantastic Team

Meet the current and past instructors, principal investigators, research assistants, and volunteers that make the coastal center so successful!

Real-World Courses

Our education hub offers everything from resume and CV building and Reef Ecology courses, to PSO & PAM Certification.

Great Views

This page and the photo galleries are designed to give you more insight into the internships and field intensive programs we offer!

“Division” photographed by Dr. Mithriel MacKay in 2011 off Puerto Rico and off the Turks and Caicos Islands in 2013.

Do you have any humpback whale sighting photos or video footage from the Turks and Caicos Islands or Puerto Rico? MCERC now has Facebook pages where you can share your photos with us @ Turks and Caicos Humpback Whale Sightings and Puerto Rico Humpback Whale Sightings!

Submitting photos and video footage helps us identify individual whales, and you will be contributing to the greater understanding of humpback whale migration and behavior in the Atlantic Ocean!


  • A 501c3 non-profit founded in 2012 and located in Tampa, Florida
  • It is MCERC’s mission to promote healthy ecosystems through education and research.
  • The MCERC Board of Directors include experts in marine science, information technology, marine policy, marine resources management, and business administration.
  • Ongoing field locations include various locations in Florida, Puerto Rico, Turks & Caicos, the Dominican Republic, Cape Cod, Prince Edward Island, and more!
  • 100% of your donations through PayPal go directly towards research & educational programs
  • We have various programs geared towards college students (both undergraduate & graduate), as well as volunteer and citizen science programs

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