Since he Institute was founded in 1963, Hubbs-SeaWorld has built upon the core programs envisioned by its founders and continues to reach into exciting new areas of research. International and multidisciplinary collaborations take our scientists to remote field sites in Western Australia and Antarctica, and strengthen our research programs closer to home. We are working with endangered and threatened species of marine and terrestrial birds, mammals and reptiles and are also exploring new challenges facing species such as the northern elephant seal, which has enjoyed over a century of exponential population growth.

Wildlife Populations (ECOLOGY)


  • Whale Sharks
  • Cook Inlet Beluga Whales
  • Cannel Islands Seals & SeaLions
  • Green Sea Turtles
  • North American River Otter
  • Dolphins (Indian River Lagoon)
  • Fish Tracking


  • Population Gentics
  • Dolphin Age Estimations
  • Reproductive Biology (Dolphins)
  • Marine Mammal Disease
  • Dolphin Rescue and Release
  • Photo Identification Populaton Studies
  • Foraging Ecology
  • Human Interactions/Wildlife Conflict


Sustainable Seafood (AQUACULTURE)

Animal Behavior (BIOACOUSTICS)

  • Animal communication – development and social context
  • Marine mammal perception of sound
  • Effects of human-made noise and disturbance on marine and terrestrial animals
  • Interactions of marine life with human-made gear
  • Bioacoustic tools for mitigating or eliminating human impacts

Ocean Health (PHYSIOLOGY)

  • Harmful Algae Blooms
  • Channel ISlands
  • Monk Seal Health

Sustainable Seafood