We are fortunate to be located on California’s central coast, on a bluff overlooking the Pacific. This ideal location draws on richly diverse marine, aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, including the Santa Barbara Channel which overlies one of the world’s most important sedimentary deposits for the study of global climate change. MSI has active research programs in our local waters that contribute to understanding the ecology, chemistry, geology and circulation of the Channel facilitating the effective stewardship of local marine resources. The impact of MSI research also extends beyond our local waters to address a diverse array of scientific issues affecting the oceans around the world from studies of climate impact on marine ecosystems in the frigid waters surrounding Antarctica to studies of coral reefs in the tropical Pacific. Further enriching our community are seven of the 32 Natural Reserve sites in the University of California system; managed by MSI, these protected natural lands are available for university level instruction, research and public outreach.