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Garibaldi in kelp forest
Katie Davis Koehn
Beach and bluff at Rancho Marino Reserve
Matt Perko
Tropical fish in water reflection
Katie Davis Koehn
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Centers
Centers sponsored by MSI mirror its commitment to innovative and collaborative marine science research
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Research
The Marine Science Institute ranks internationally as a leader in marine and environmental research
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Education
The Marine Science Institute provides an ocean view of the world to over 20,000 students of all ages annually
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Services
The Marine Science Institute provides a variety of services to support research: Analytical Lab, Ocean o’ Graphics, The REEF

Marine Science Institute

international leader in ocean and environmental research

50 Years of Discovery

Areas of Research

Research at MSI spans many disciplines that can be broadly categorized into eight research areas.

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The REEF

The Research Experience & Education Facility

Experience an exciting and educational adventure at The REEF. The Marine Science Institute interactive aquarium designed to provide visitors with an unparalleled view of our ocean planet.

The Reef

MSI by the Numbers

Facts show the impact of the Marine Science Institute.

300+

research projects administered every year

100+

awarding agencies funds projects administered by MSI each year

15k

people served through Education and Outreach

1969

year the Marine Science Institute was established

190

academic personnel engaged in research

Sky to Oceans

A picture is worth a thousand words. MSI researchers’ images show the breadth of MSI research

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