Aqua Lab

“We are in trouble now, unless we deliberately take actions to take care of the sea, and make sure these systems continue to operate as they have for millions of years.” – Sylvia Earle
The Aqua Lab at Palmer Trinity School is a center for education, training, and research in the areas of aquaponics, marine biology, and freshwater ecology. The Aqua Lab allows students to conduct experiments and scientific investigations in these areas all under one roof.

The Aqua Lab has state-of-the-art equipment, including a complete aquaponics system, the Mini Fish FarmTM. Aquaponics mimics the natural relationship between fish and plants: the waste produced by farmed fish supplies nutrients for plants grown hydroponically, which in turn purify the water. Students can use the Mini Fish FarmTM to grow fresh, unpolluted tilapia throughout the year.

The Aqua Lab has the combined benefits of education, exploration, and food production. The lab also houses student water-related student artwork and smaller tanks including the indoor hydroponics growth system OPCOM Farm GrowBox, CUBE 20 Waterbox aquariums for both saltwater and freshwater investigations, and Water Garden Duo aquaponics systems for independent research. 
An essential part of our mission is to provide students with hands-on experience by conducting research both in the laboratory and out in the field. Teachers and students form partnerships to study the diverse and abundant marine organisms found in the ocean and solve complex environmental problems. Students take responsibility for their learning and growth while investigating topics of personal interest. Teachers train students how to use the tools of the scientific trade to conduct original research. The program is a formative experience for many students that ultimately choose a career in marine science, biology, or policy.

For further information, please contact Dr. Leopoldo Llinás at lllinas@palmertrinity.org.
An important goal of the Aqua Lab is to offer independent studies, laboratories, and activities of an interdisciplinary nature. These curricular offerings are based on requests by students or faculty to explore a certain topic. Faculty members and students create or enhance classes based on research interest and student appeal.

Independent Study

This course is designed by the student and sponsoring faculty to investigate an area or field of specialization not normally offered in scheduled course offerings. It is an opportunity to work one-on-one with a faculty member to complete directed reading, a creative project, and/or supervised research. Students must consult with their advisors before undertaking independent study.

The Aqua Lab provides the ideal setting for students who want to take an independent study course to further their education. An essential criterion for a new independent study is that they appeal to both students and faculty. The courses offered include but are not limited to aquaculture, hydroponics, fish breeding, and coral propagation.

Main Entrance: 8001 SW 184th Street, Miami, FL 33157
Mailing Address: 7900 SW 176th Street, Miami, FL 33157
Main:     305.251.2230
Admission:     305.969.4208