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Ocean Health (Physiology)

Promoting a healthier planet where humans and marine life thrive together

In our rapidly changing world, interactions between humans and marine life are increasing. We swim in the same waters and share a dependence on the ocean’s resources. As a result of growing human populations and more intensive use of our oceans and coasts, our impact on marine ecosystems is becoming increasingly significant.

Our Ocean Health Program studies how animals react to natural and human-induced change. We make predictions about whether animals can survive and/or thrive under a particular set of conditions, including increases in ocean temperature and acidification, emergence or resurgence of diseases with epidemic potential, declining prey resources and toxic blooms or spills.

Understanding and preventing diminished marine animal health and widespread mortality events of populations of marine mammals, seabirds, finfish and sharks are some of our top priorities.

With your help, we can help preserve and renew marine life to ensure a healthier planet.

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