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The University of California, Santa Cruz, is on the forefront of marine science research and education. Set on the edge of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the nation's largest marine sanctuary, the campus provides student and scientists who seek to study the ocean and its life a unique opportunity to pursue their dreams and ambitions. The Institute of Marine Sciences, an organized research unit of the University of California, has the responsibility to encourage, develop, and support marine science research and education.

The coastal zone is where complex geological, chemical, physical, and biological interactions occur. Its accessibility also makes it the most heavily impacted marine environment worldwide. Diverse human activities, including ocean dumping, wastewater disposal, non-point pollution, as well as fishing and recreation, all have a hand in determining the health of the nearshore environment. Ocean health is becoming a critical national and international issue and is a focus of the Institute of Marine Sciences.

The Institute of Marine Sciences is composed of faculty & researchers who are grouped into informal cluster groups according to their general area of study; staff, and students also conduct their research under the shared focus of the institute, both on campus in the Earth and Marine Sciences Building and at the Long Marine Laboratory Marine Science Campus, a few miles away on the coast. Long Marine Lab welcomes the public to its Seymour Center where the endeavors of institute scientists are interpreted for visitors from around the world. The Institute of Marine Sciences invites you to explore the many opportunities available to conduct marine research with UCSC at locations around the Monterey Bay region and throughout the world.


IMS is proud to be a member of:

The Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education (CORE)
Monterey Bay Crescent Ocean Research Consortium (MBCORC)
Joint Oceanographic Institutions (JOI)
IODP Management International, Inc. (IMI)



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Institute of Marine Sciences
University of California, Santa Cruz

Earth & Marine Sciences Building Rm A317
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064

Long Marine Laboratory
100 Shaffer Road
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Seymour Marine Discovery Center at Long Marine Laboratory
100 Shaffer Road
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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