Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Founded in 1903, Scripps Institution of Oceanography is one of the oldest, largest, and most important centers for ocean and earth science research, education, and public service.  With annual expenditures approaching $200 million and a fleet of four research vessels and research platform FLIP, research at Scripps encompasses physical, chemical, biological, geological, and geophysical studies of the oceans and earth.

Scripps offers educational instruction leading to Masters and Doctoral degrees in applied ocean sciences, biological oceanography, climate science, geophysics, geological science, marine biology, marine chemistry/geochemistry, physical oceanography.  Scripps faculty teach over 45 undergraduate courses covering a wide breadth of earth and marine and environmental sciences and offer an undergraduate degree in earth sciences, and a marine science minor.

The Birch Aquarium at features more than 60 habitats of fishes and invertebrates from the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest to the tropical waters of Mexico and beyond. An oceanographic museum showcases research discoveries by Scripps scientists on climate, earth and ocean science and includes five dozen interactive elements.  Annually, the aquarium welcomes more than 400,000 visitors including more than 40,000 students. Its school programs are structured to provide interactive, inquiry-based science programming infused with current Scripps Oceanography research. Classroom lessons are aligned with the California State Science Content Standards and with National Science Standards.

School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, University of Hawaii at Manoa

The School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa is a world-class research and academic institution focused on informing solutions to some of the world’s most vexing problems.  Through an integrated, comprehensive, and sustained system of Earth and planetary observations, research, and education, SOEST staff work to transform the way people live on Earth by enabling a healthy public, economy, and planet.

Located in the heart of the Pacific Ocean, SOEST facilities provide convenient access to active volcanoes, deep ocean habitats, vibrant coral reefs, and the most isolated terrestrial ecosystem in the world.  SOEST faculty and staff are recognized as international leaders in research, innovation, and education on topics as diverse as alternative energy, microbial oceanography, volcanology, cosmochemistry, and climate modeling.

The 250 faculty within SOEST teach and mentor baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral students focused on geology and geophysics, climate sciences, biological, chemical, and physical oceanography, meteorology, planetary sciences, marine biology, and ocean and resources engineering.  With a fleet of three research vessels, two submersibles, two coastal and deep-ocean cabled observatories, a satellite fabrication facility, a private island devoted to marine biology research, and dozens of other specialized laboratories, students within SOEST are trained on state-of-the-art facilities and mentored in the field as well as the classroom.

Restore America’s Estuaries

Restore America’s Estuaries is an alliance of coastal conservation organizations all across our nation’s coasts committed to ensuring the protection and restoration of our nation’s estuaries. Restore America’s Estuaries acts as the uniting and catalyzing force behind coastal restoration across the country.  Since 1995,  the alliance has raised and leveraged more than $40 million to fund over 900 coastal restoration and mitigation projects throughout the United States-projects. These projects motivated the participation and contributions of more than 250,000 volunteers, and hundreds of federal, state, and local partners devoting time, expertise, labor, and funds to accomplish tangible on-the-ground restoration.

Oregon State University

Founded in 1868, Oregon State University is ranked in the Carnegie Foundation’s top tier for “very high research activity” and is one of only two research universities in the U.S. to hold the federal land, sea, space and sun grant designations simultaneously. Oregon State is Oregon’s largest public research university with $261.7 million in external funding in the 2011 fiscal year. In 2011, Oregon State’s contributions in education, research and community engagement were estimated at $1.9 billion in Oregon and $2.06 billion worldwide.

Oregon State is one of the leading oceanic and atmospheric sciences institutions in the nation. Federal agencies are funding Oregon State research on tsunamis, marine ecosystems, wave energy, ocean observing, invasive species and acidification.

Oregon State’s Hatfield Marine Science Center, located on a 49-acre campus in Newport, Ore., supports diverse research in ocean sciences and collaborations between 120 Oregon State and 180 state and federal researchers, including researchers at the NOAA Marine Operations Center- Pacific. Oregon State’s ocean sciences research is supported by three ocean-going research vessels: the R/V Oceanus, R/V Pacific Storm and R/V Elakha. Since 1959, Oregon State has awarded 828 M.S. and 381 Ph.D. degrees in ocean and coastal sciences.


Oceana is the largest international advocacy group working solely to protect the world’s oceans. Oceana wins policy victories for the oceans using science-based campaigns. Since 2001, we have protected over 1.2 million square miles of ocean and innumerable sea turtles, sharks, dolphins and other sea creatures. More than 500,000 supporters have already joined Oceana. Global in scope, Oceana has offices in North, South and Central America and Europe.

Oceana seeks to make our oceans as healthy and abundant as they once were. We look to a future in which dolphin sightings are common; in which mighty marlins, sharks and tuna are abundant once again; in which whales and sea turtles flourish, cod are plentiful on both sides of the Atlantic, local fishing cultures thrive and in which fish are a safe, growing and plentiful source of food around the world.

Oceana was created to identify practical solutions and make them happen. Oceana works to improve fishery management, end illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing as well as destructive fishing practices, harmful subsidies and seafood fraud.  Oceana also works to protect fish populations, prevent oil spills, and reduce carbon dioxide pollution to slow ocean acidification. The good news is that we can restore our oceans to their former glory.

Ocean Conservation Research

Ocean Conservation Research is focused on understanding the scope of, and exploring solutions to the growing problem of human generated noise pollution and its impact on marine animals.

We engage in marine biological and technological research based on conservation priorities. We use the products of this research to inform the policies and practice of the public, industry, and lawmakers so that we may all become better stewards of the sea.

Ocean Conservancy

Ocean Conservancy is one of the world’s foremost advocates for the oceans. Through science-based advocacy, research, and public education, we inform, inspire and empower people to speak and act for the oceans. Headquartered in Washington, DC, we also have offices in Florida, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Pacific, and are supported by more than half a million members and volunteers.

Our Trash Free Seas program, with its International Coastal Cleanup, is the world’s leader in efforts to clean up our ocean and beaches, fostering environmental and recreational benefits. Our efforts to support healthy fisheries in the Gulf are only a part of our efforts to restore the ecological and economic vitality of the treasured area. Going forward, Ocean Conservancy will continue its legacy of nearly 40 years by advocating sound, practical policies to protect the seas and improve our lives.