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From ridge to reef, we lead critical environmental research

At Florida International University, we are taking the uncertainty out of long-term sustainability by developing realistic and scalable solutions to the environmental crises of today and tomorrow. From extreme natural events to health disparities, our interdisciplinary research on environmental resilience is impacting numerous areas, communities and beyond.

  • $175M

    in external funding since 2010

  • 1,200

    peer-reviewed journal articles

  • 155

    faculty & post-doctoral researchers

By Times Higher Education, Impact Rankings - U.S. Public

  • #3

    Life Below Water Research

  • #3

    Life on Land Research

  • #8

    Clean Water & Sanitation Research

Meet the people behind the work


Our researchers take on the toughest problems of our time to create marketable solutions. Half a century, 300+ patents and more than $2 billion in awards later, we're just getting started.

Michael Heithaus
Executive Dean, College of Arts, Sciences & Education

Global FinPrint

Angela Laird
Director, Center for Imaging Science

Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study

Charles Jalloh
Professor of Law

U.N. International Law Commission Member

Tomas Guilarte
Dean, Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work

Brain, Behavior, and the Environment

Todd Crowl
Director, Institute of Environment

CREST Center for Aquatic Chemistry and Environment

Richard Olson
Director, Extreme Events Research

Storm Surge Risk Mapping

Stavros Georgakopoulos
Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Transforming Antennas Center: Origami Antenna

Steve Oberbauer
Chairman, Biological Sciences

Global climate change in the Arctic

Desmond Meade
FIU Law Alumnus
McArthur Grant Recipient

One of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People”

FIU is leading the charge in environmental resilience


FIU is developing innovative, scalable solutions to the environmental challenges of today and tomorrow. Focused on extreme natural disasters, water quality issues, health disparities associated with underserved neighborhoods and more, our interdisciplinary research aims to build long-term sustainability that will ensure resilience across communities and the world into the next century and beyond.

Everglades Long-term Ecological Research
Researchers examine how climate change and disturbances interact with shifting management of freshwater resources to determine the dynamics and fate of coastal ecosystems.

Aquarius Reef Base
FIU is working to preserve vital ecosystems from the world’s only underwater research laboratory.

Environmental Finance & Risk Management
FIU's Institute of Environment is applying advanced financial modeling and analytics policymakers rely on for environmental resilience and adaptation strategies.

Wall of Wind
A 12-fan hurricane simulator that replicates 157 MPH winds and provides cutting-edge research to help inform building standards, foster new technologies and decrease vulnerabilities.

Leaders in health & justice around the world


FIU has made a real commitment to the local community and beyond through research and education in public health and public and international affairs.

APSIA
FIU’s Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs has been named a full member of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA).

USAID Grant
The United States Agency for International Development has awarded FIU $4.2 million to reduce disaster risks in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Brain, Behavior and the Environment Program
This FIU Emerging Preeminent Program focuses on factors that affect brain health.
Watch a video about Brain, Behavior, and the Environment

Disaster Risk & Resilience in the Americas
The FIU Extreme Events Institute is providing training to leaders that will prepare them to help their communities reduce risks and identify the driving forces behind them.

Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study
The NIH has provided FIU the funding to continue the largest long-term study of brain development and child health ever conducted in the US.