The Institute currently conducts research in four core areas: Ecology, Physiology, Bioacoustics, and Aquaculture. These are integrated with studies of animals in the Sea World collections, which provide unmatched opportunities for comparative research in controlled experimental settings.Programs within these core areas define the major focus of scientific activity within the Institute. HSWRI programs have been strategically planned to provide a primary scientific direction and intellectual framework for the Institute. On-going program evaluations provide an opportunity to plan and promote integration and cohesion among core areas, programs, individual research projects and principal investigators. We work toward one goal: scientific excellence.