Marine biodiversity is a measure of the abundance of individuals and species in the ocean.

This interconnected mosaic of organisms—from the smallest plankton to the largest whales—supports food webs, produces the air we breathe, and regulates our climate. Measuring biodiversity is essential to monitoring ecosystem health.

MBARI is leading efforts to build capacity for ocean monitoring and share information that will enhance our ability to make informed coastal management decisions. Our science, engineering, and marine operations teams work together to explore the ocean and build innovative tools that allow us to better understand and protect our blue planet and the millions of species that call it home.

These teams and projects are transforming our understanding of a changing ocean and revealing the dazzling diversity of life that thrives beneath the ocean’s surface.

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Publications

Matsumoto, G.I., L.M. Christianson, B.H. Robison, S.H.D. Haddock, and S.B. Johnson. 2022. Atolla reynoldsi sp. nov. (Cnidaria, Scyphozoa, Coronatae, Atollidae): A new species of coronate Scyphozoan found in the Eastern North Pacific Ocean. Animals, 12: 1–21. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani12060742

Puente-Tapia, F.A., R. Gasca, A. Schiariti, and S.H.D. Haddock. 2020. An updated checklist of ctenophores (Ctenophora: Nuda and Tentaculata) of Mexican seas. Regional Studies in Marine Science. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rsma.2020.101555.

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