Biodiversity, at its simplest level, refers to the variety and abundance of life in a given area. It encompasses many levels of variation, from genes to ecosystems. Human activities directly affect biodiversity and the health of the oceans. CMBC researchers study these links to determine the nature and extent of human impacts. Our scientists communicate the results of their research to resource managers, fishers, non-government agencies, government leaders who make policy decisions and the public.

“The diversity of life in the ocean is being dramatically altered by the effects of activities associated with human population expansion”

Understanding Marine Biodiversity (1995)
National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences
Photo by Octavio Aburto

Photo by Octavio Aburto

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Fish Collection

With continued exploration of our vast oceans, researchers discover new species.

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