Who We Are

University of Miami R/V Walton Smith

The Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research and Technology (CIOERT) explores the nation’s ocean frontiers through innovative science and cutting-edge technologies. CIOERT is sponsored by NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research.

CIOERT is a partnership of FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic InstituteUniversity of North Carolina WilmingtonUniversity of Miami, and SRI International.

The CIOERT vision is to transform the way we explore the ocean and transition our results to breakthrough products and technology.

The CIOERT mission is to apply disciplined innovation to continually improve, extend, and fortify NOAA’s exploration, research, and operational capabilities.

Staff & Primary Investigators

  • M. Dennis Hanisak, Ph.D.
    Education Director, CIOERT HBOI-FAU
  • John Reed, M.Sc.
    Research Professor; Principal Investigator for Deep-water and Mesophotic Coral Reef Program, CIOERT HBOI-FAU
  • Amy Wright, Ph.D.
    Principal Investigator; Marine Biomedical and Biotechnology Research, CIOERT HBOI-FAU
  • Alina Szmant, Ph.D.
    Principal Investigator; Professor of Biology and Marine Biology, CIOERT UNCW


CIOERT supports visionary expeditionary science in our research theme areas. Explore with us!