Giant Clam Photo by: David Kline
The  Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at Scripps Institution of Oceanography is a  center of interdisciplinary cooperation in research and education. The Center exists to promote a holistic, interdisciplinary approach in the education of future leaders in marine biodiversity and conservation, and in the direction and application research to the conservation of marine biodiversity.  It seeks to help find better ways to communicate scientific knowledge to decision makers and the public, and train scientists who work effectively at the interface between the natural and social sciences.

Faculty from UCSD departments of Economics, History, Communications, Anthropology, Political Science, Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, California Institute for Information Technology and Telecommunications (CALIT2), Rady School of Management, San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), Southwest Fisheries Science Center (NOAA Fisheries) Environmental Law Institute (ELI) and other agencies and NGOs partner with CMBC to link biological, physical, social, and environmental programs. Collaboration with these partners and scientists from other academic institutions, government agencies, industry leaders, and conservation organizations around the world, provides for a novel integration of disciplines as we seek technically sophisticated, regionally appropriate strategies to prevent and reverse biodiversity collapse.

Levin's Annual Report 2014-2015 - July 2015 pdf

CMBC Executive Summary - October 2013 pdf

CMBC receives no state funds and operates on donations from concerned citizens and project grants.



"One of the greatest scientific challenges facing society today is understanding, protecting, managing, and restoring biodiversity in our oceans.

—Nancy Knowlton
Founding Director, CMBC