Coral Reef Ecosystems “One of the greatest scientific challenges facing society today is understanding, protecting, managing, and restoring biodiversity in our oceans.”

–Nancy Knowlton, Founding Director CMBC

The  Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at Scripps Institution of Oceanography 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.  We train scientists to work  at the interface between the natural and social sciences and to effectively communicate scientific knowledge to decision makers and the public.

Faculty from UCSD departments of Economics, Biology, Communications, Anthropology, Political Science, Ethnic Studies, Literature, Sociology, Chemistry, Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, Political Science, Visual Arts, 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, and social disciplines for solutions to pressing environmental concerns.

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 to develop technically sophisticated, regionally appropriate strategies to prevent and reverse biodiversity collapse.

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Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation
Scripps Institution of Oceanography 0202
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92083-0202

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Scripps Institution of Oceanography
8750 Biological Grade, 2155 Hubbs Hall
La Jolla, CA 92037-0202
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