Climate Change

Managing the use of ocean ecosystems in the face of rapid and inevitable global change is one of the greatest challenges of this century.  These research groups employ innovative technology, behavioral research, economic strategies, and historic understanding to assess the drivers and consequences of climate change: Ocean Acidification – led by Jennifer Smith Climate Agreements – led by Mark Jacobsen … Read More


To maintain a diverse and sustainable ocean, CMBC Research develops knowledge and solutions for coupled human socio-economic marine systems. CMBC research groups are organized under three broad themes: (1) Marine Biodiversity and Human Impacts Research areas: Responding to human-caused emerging issues of local and global importance, these research group seek solutions across all disciplines: Marine Biodiversity Coral Reefs and Pacific … Read More

Research Publications

2019 Levin, L.A. (2019) Sustainability in deep water: The challenges of climate change, human pressures, and biodiversity conservation. Oceanography 32(2):170–180 Levin, L.A. (2019) Sustainability in deep water: The challenges of climate change, human pressures, and biodiversity conservation. Oceanography 32(2):170–180 Stock, BC, Ward EJ, Thorson JT, Jannot JE, Semmens BX.  2019.  The utility of spatial model-based estimators of unobserved bycatch. Ices Journal of Marine … Read More

Deep-Ocean Stewardship

The deep sea, previously considered untouchably remote, is a lot closer than many perceive.  Human-generated pollution, overfishing, and climate change have a direct impact on deep-sea environments and their inhabitants.  Lisa Levin has investigated a variety of bizarre creatures that have adapted to extreme deep sea settings, from toxic methane seeps to massive zones where oxygen levels are next to … Read More

Gulf of California Marine Program

The Gulf of California is a biologically rich region threatened by increased development.  Gulf of California Marine Program (GCMP), led by Dr. Octavio Aburto, includes a team of scientists, students and professionals from multiple disciplines and institutions are dedicated to generating and disseminating scientific information that has a direct, positive impact on conservation and resource management issues in the region. … Read More

Climate Agreements & Policy

Large countries, including the U.S., do not include oceans in their plans. A new study led by CMBC Researchers evaluates the extent to which parties to the historic Paris Agreement on climate have considered the oceans in their plans to address climate change.The study shows that while many countries include the oceans, a striking number do not. Read more Blog … Read More

Coral Reef Ecosystems

This research group, led by Dr. Stuart Sandin, studies coral reef ecosystems to answer fundamental questions of population biology, trophic dynamics, and spatial ecology. Marine ecosystems offer unique opportunities to study basic principles of ecology, complementing insights gained from terrestrial systems. Coral reefs, in particular, facilitate detailed study of population dynamics and species interactions. We focus our efforts to understand … Read More

Summary of CMBC at COP22

Week 1 at the Conference of the Parties (November 5-12, 2016) CMBC was well represented during week 1, by CMBC Director Lisa Levin, former SIO Director Charles Kennel, and CMBC students Yassir Eddebbar, Rishi Sugla,  Kirk Sato and Natalya Gallo, along with many others from SIO including V. Ramanathan, Todd Martz, Dillon Amayo, Osinachi Oajoku, Travis Schramek, Wes Neely and … Read More

Ocean Scientists for Informed Policy (OSIP)

Since 2012, CMBC students have participated in the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.  “The ocean plays a critical role in mitigating climate change, absorbing over 90 percent of the heat trapped by greenhouse gases emitted by fossil fuel combustion, and takes up about 25 percent of our carbon emissions every year. However, it … Read More

“Deep Secrets” Research Expedition in South Africa

“Deep Secrets” is a project of the multi-disciplinary African Coelacanth Ecosystem Programme, catalyzed through a joint initiative with the Oceans and Coast Branch of the Department of Environmental Affairs and the Department of Science and Technology facilitated through the Presidential Operation Phakisa Oceans Economy Laboratory. The project and expedition was led by the Principal Investigator, Dr Kerry Sink, a scientist … Read More