The health of our planet depends on the health of our oceans. At the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life, we apply innovative, science-based solutions to combat the unprecedented threat to our oceans represented by climate change and other human activities. We’re saving species, habitats, and strengthening the overall health of our oceans.
For decades, our scientists have been actively working to protect ecosystems from human impacts and conserve threatened animals and habitats. Our conservation and research projects span the globe, from protecting the North Atlantic right whale in New England to helping the next generation of conservation leaders in the developing world. Learn more about our work by exploring our Programs and Research pages.
Wildlife and Ocean Health Program
Our researchers work to understand, quantify, and reduce the consequences of human activities on the health of marine species and ecosystems.
Marine Mammal Conservation Program
Marine mammals are under threat in the ocean like never before, creating multiple challenges for species and ecosystem survival.
Marine Conservation Leadership Program
We are building and supporting a new generation of conservation leaders with 21st century skills.
Marine Conservation Action Fund (MCAF)
MCAF provides conservation leaders in developing nations with the financial and professional support they need to be successful.
Fisheries Science and Emerging Technologies Program (FSET)
Our scientists are using cutting-edge technology to investigate critical fisheries issues.
We are connecting a global network of stakeholders to improve the application of research and reduce bycatch worldwide.
Fisheries and Aquaculture Solutions Program
We provide readily-implementable fisheries and aquaculture solutions based on solid scientific research.
With only about 430 whales remaining, our researchers are working tirelessly to study and protect this critically endangered species.
Sharks and Rays
Our research on elasmobranchs focuses on delivering scientific data to improve the management and conservation of threatened or data-poor species.
Bycatch is the leading threat to many endangered animals and is one of the principal threats to marine biodiversity around the world.
To ensure healthy populations of fished species, we need to understand the rate at which released fish die and the factors that influence mortality.
Chronic stress can have profound effects on immune system function, health, reproduction, and survival of marine life.
Our researchers document the physical and physiologic effects of human interactions and natural phenomena on sea turtle health.
Other Marine Mammals
Our scientists are working to identify, characterize, and assess the threats facing marine mammal populations.
The projects listed on this page support a number of Anderson Cabot Center programs, but are important research in their own right.