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

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Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

At the Marine Science Institute we are committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity. We believe that diversity, inclusion, equity and representation of people from all backgrounds are crucial to our research.

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MSI by the Numbers

Facts show the impact of the Marine Science Institute.


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awarding agencies funds projects administered by MSI each year


people served through Education and Outreach


year the Marine Science Institute was established


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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To Report a Stranded Marine Animal in Distress 

Channel Islands Marine & Wildlife Institute rescue hotline 805-567-1505

Provide name, phone number, specific information about the animal and its condition and location.
Preferred method for reporting: Online reporting and photo upload, CIMWI Form


Please keep a minimum 50 ft. distance and do not touch the animal.

Call the Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network Helpline 805-681-1080 before touching or handling any wildlife.