The mission of the Oceans Department is to discover, educate, and innovate to support a known, sustainable, and equitable ocean. Faculty, staff, students, and postdoctoral scholars advance ocean research, education, and impact through interdisciplinary collaboration, technology development, user-inspired research, and immersive education and training. The Oceans Department brings together ocean sciences – including biological, physical, and social sciences – and technology to advance exploration and knowledge of our blue planet and pursue solutions that tackle the most pressing challenges in climate and sustainability.
Oceans research at Stanford
Our faculty and students engage with partners on ocean research across the university.
Center for Ocean Solutions
We partner with the Center for Ocean Solutions at the Woods Institute for the Environment to translate research insights into solutions at scale with collaborators across the globe.
Researchers from Stanford have been waiting anxiously, hoping to learn if a mysterious climate-driven pathway is allowing some sea turtles to travel thousands of miles, to the coast of California and Mexico, crossing waters that are normally too cold for them.
"Throughout my freshman year, I have had the privilege to visit Hopkins through two introductory seminars (IntroSems) in marine biology, BIO 12N: 'The Sensory Ecology of Marine Animals' and OCEANS 6N: 'Ocean Conservation: Pathways to Solutions.'" Reflections from student Helen Katz.
New research shows the major factors that help coral larvae settle and survive are the nearshore current and the physical features of the seafloor. The work could help identify sites where future reefs will be most viable and highlights a need to better protect these coral nurseries.