Our field research activities range from near-shore island ecosystems like coral reefs to open ocean ecosystems on the high seas. We collect data on ocean conditions, conduct coral reef ecosystem assessment and monitoring, provide benthic habitat maps, and remove marine debris. We use numerical ecosystem models to analyze the current structure and dynamics of marine environments, as well as to examine potential projections of future conditions, such as those resulting from climate change impacts. Because humans are a key part of the ecosystem, our research also includes social and economic aspects of fishery and resource management decisions. We also provide scientific support to international organizations.
Highlights and focus areas include: