Your Hosts

The 51st BEM is hosted by Florida International University, LOGOS PAGEpart of the state of Florida university system and home to over 58,000 students – making it the 4th largest university in the USA.


FIU is a young institution founded in 1972, yet it is:

  • Ranked as a R1: Doctoral University – Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education
  • Based on United Nations Criteria, FIU is:
    • Among the top 50 universities worldwide
    • Ranked as the #3 public U.S. university and #11 in the world in research on life below water and education on and support for aquatic ecosystems
  • FIU’s marine science program:  
    • Centered on FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus (45 min from main campus)
    • Includes more than 25 full-time marine science faculty and > 100 graduate students
    • Is supported by 30 research vessels and several service laboratories including the Coastal Conservation and Restoration Laboratory
    • Boasts the world’s only undersea research habitat: Aquarius, in the Florida Keys. 

Scientific Diving: Aquarius Reef Base: 30 Years of Undersea Research ECO :  ECO May/Jun 2020
Biscayne Bay Campus celebrates accomplishments, looks toward future | FIU  News - Florida International University


Confrence Host & Organizer

Following tradition, the President of the Benthic Ecology Society also serves as the organizer for the Benthic Ecology Meeting for that year: the 51st BEM is organized by Mark Butler.  Mark also hosted the 2012 BEM meeting in Norfolk, Virginia and first attended the BEM as a graduate student in 1984. Mark’s contact information is:

Dr. Mark Butler
Professor & Eminent Scholar
Walter & Rosalie Goldberg Chair of Tropical Ecology
Institute of Environment/Department of Biological Sciences
Florida International University
North Miami, FL 33181

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