Making a Difference

Aerial view of Campus Pt showing the MSI building
Tony Mastres

Whether you direct gifts to specific research, labs, or programs, or you broadly support MSI through “The Ocean Fund”, your generosity provides the margin of excellence that enables cutting-edge science, unparalleled student research opportunities, educational programs for the community, and environmental solutions that create significant impact. Your support can make a big difference by funding research and initiatives, scholarships and fellowships, and community outreach.

For more information about giving or to learn more about the Marine Science Institute, we welcome the opportunity to connect with you.

Matt Fratus
Director of Development
Ecological & Environmental Sciences



Your support can make a difference

Restoring Ocean Health: An analysis of 10 years of monitoring data from marine protected areas in the Channel Islands finds positive results

To evaluate whether the MPAs are meeting their ecological goals, marine scientists from the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO) have been monitoring these rocky reef and kelp forest communities. Three UC Santa Barbara PISCO scientists have now published an analysis of 10 years of monitoring data for the MPAs in the Channel Islands network. Primary funding for this work was provided by The David and Lucile Packard Foundation and The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

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A Sense of Urgency: Gift from philanthropist Wendy Schmidt launches fellowship program to promote research aimed at solving environmental problems

To assist the emerging scientists driving that important work and to foster solutions-centered research, UC Santa Barbara has launched the Environmental Solutions Fellowship Program. Made possible by a generous gift from philanthropist Wendy Schmidt through The Schmidt Family Foundation, the program will support 21 graduate students and 11 undergraduate students at UC Santa Barbara conducting research directly targeted at solving problems that compromise the health of our environment.

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Making Waves: Betty Elings Wells's H’10 latest gifts put nature in the hands of the community

Inspired by her family’s lifelong affinity for the outdoors, Betty Elings Wells H’10 has made a pair of gifts to campus that support environmental education, and the environment itself. Betty, a UC Santa Barbara Foundation trustee, real estate investor and philanthropist, has made the largest gift to the REEF in campus history to create the Betty Wells Marine Science Outreach Initiative at the interactive instructional touch-tank facility run by UC Santa Barbara’s renowned Marine Science Institute (MSI).

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I hope this gift will help provide a better experience for all the children that go to the REEF, different things for kids to feel and touch, and even more great teaching about the oceans.

—Betty Elings Wells H’10