The Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (CMBC)  seeks to remedy the impact that humans have on marine ecosystems and, in turn, help the oceans continue to feed, employ, and nourish humans and all life on Earth.

Sorting through the morning’s catch (Madagascar) Photo credit: Tara Whitty



  • Investigation: Assess the state of marine ecosystems now and in the past and develop predictive models for the future
  • Education: Train new marine biodiversity and conservation scientists in the United States and around the world. To serve as the model for excellence in interdisciplinary education and research in marine biodiversity and conservation.
  • Integration: Develop novel interdisciplinary approaches linking the biological, physical, and social sciences
  • Communication: Increase public understanding of scientific issues and provide sound scientific analyses to policy makers

The Center and all programs are entirely self-supporting through donations and research grants.