About

Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute (HSWRI) is a non-profit scientific research organization committed to conserving and renewing marine life to ensure a healthier planet. Our team of experts provides innovative and objective scientific solutions to challenges threatening ocean health and marine life in our rapidly changing world. HSWRI operates out of three locations, San Diego, CA, Carlsbad, CA and Melbourne Beach, FL.

Research Areas:

Wildlife Populations

Our research focuses on predicting and, when possible, preventing negative impacts to vulnerable marine animals facing increasing human populations, intensifying environmental pressures and changing climate. Learn More

Animal Behavior

Sound plays an integral role in both human and animal lives—it helps individuals maintain social bonds, care for young, navigate, find food, avoid predators and monitor the world around them. At Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute, our bioacoustics program studies how marine animals produce and are affected by sound. Learn More

Ocean Health

Our Ocean Health Program studies how animals react to natural and human-induced change. 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. Learn More

Sustainable Seafood

The world’s population is slated to grow by 2.4 billion people by 2050.* According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, we must produce 70 percent more food to meet impending world hunger needs. Our research team and its collaborators have played a leadership role for over 35 years in developing innovative replenishment solutions with no negative biological impacts. Learn More

Latest News & Events

Hubbs Science #TalkTuesdays:

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Research Articles:

Research and Operations Information During COVID-19
New HSWRI Research Detects Potent Neurotoxin in Indian River Lagoon (FL)
The Southern Resident Killer Whale is in serious trouble. Learn more about research Hubbs Scientist Sam Rossman has conducted.

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Support

Donate to our mission today and help make an impact on halthy oceans.

Education & Outreach

We are committed to creating future citizen advocates for ocean health and marine life by advancing public appreciation for scientific discovery.

Our scientists encourage life-long learning in ocean science through public outreach.

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Help Human And Marine Life Thrive Together 

Ocean Health


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.

Sustainable Seafood


The world’s population is slated to grow by 2.4 billion people by 2050.* According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, we must produce 70 percent more food to meet impending world hunger needs. As some wild fish stocks are decreasing, aquaculture is the practical solution to produce food sustainably, as well as to help replenish depleted fisheries. Aquaculture also can provide significant value to local economies. Reducing our country’s reliance on imported seafood would reduce the U.S. trade deficit and provide “blue tech” jobs to revitalize our working waterfronts.Our research team and its collaborators have played a leadership role for over 35 years in developing innovative replenishment solutions with no negative biological impacts. Breeding and raising fish from minuscule eggs to a market-ready size is a complicated process.

Wildlife Populations


Oceans contain 99% of the living space on the planet.* At HSWRI, our team of scientists is committed to understanding the relationships of marine animals to each other and their environments.Our research focuses on predicting and, when possible, preventing negative impacts to vulnerable marine animals facing increasing human populations, intensifying environmental pressures and changing climate. We strive to understand why a particular species occurs in some places and not others, why a population is growing or shrinking, how marine animals interact with the other elements within an ecosystem and how they respond to human interaction.

Animal Behavior


Sound plays an integral role in both human and animal lives—it helps individuals maintain social bonds, care for young, navigate, find food, avoid predators and monitor the world around them. At HSWRI, our bioacoustics program studies how marine animals produce and are affected by sound. Since humans use the ocean for a variety of activities—food, recreation, energy production, transportation and military maneuvers—our research seeks “win-win” solutions that allow humans and marine life to thrive together while sharing the seas. By understanding how marine life uses sound for communication and survival, our scientists work with anglers, industry resource managers and our collaborators to minimize injuries and mortality from human impacts to dolphins, killer whales, polar bears and other marine life.

Education and Outreach


Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute’s entire staff is unanimously committed to inspiring future generations of ocean scientists. This is done through advancing public appreciation for scientific discovery and encouraging life-long learning to inspire future generations of scientists and resource managers. We provide hands-on learning opportunities for people of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds, to promote careers in science through in-class student engagements and internships. Together we can inspire a love for science while encouraging ocean stewardship for a healthier world.