Who We Are

A center for applied marine conservation at the University of California, Santa Barbara

Our Mission

To restore the health of the ocean by leveraging the power of science, technology, and collaboration to develop replicable and scalable solutions

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How We Work

We are an ambitious team of scientists and engineers dedicated to restoring the health of our ocean. We want the legacy of marine science to not just be about studying problems, but fixing problems. We identify the most pressing threats facing our ocean, and then convene experts from academia, NGO’s, civil society, business, and government to tackle these challenges together. Our collaborative and interdisciplinary approach bridges the latest science and technology with policy, communications, and education to develop replicable and scalable solutions. We do this with a sense of urgency – the pulse of the ocean is getting weaker, and we need immediate action to revive it. Our directive is to implement tangible solutions that make an impact today, and to share our knowledge, insights, and data openly and responsibly so that impact can be expanded by others tomorrow.

Have an idea?

Is there a threat to ocean health that keeps you up at night? Do you have a solution you think we can develop? Tell us! We value input from anyone, anywhere to inform our work.

Our Story

We were founded in 2016 when Lynne and Marc Benioff, CEO & founder of Salesforce, made a gift to UC Santa Barbara for improving and safeguarding ocean health through science and technology. Originally called the Benioff Ocean Initiative, we are based at the Marine Science Institute where we are strategically positioned to leverage the world-class research and faculty of the university and expand collaborations beyond the campus throughout the world. In 2022, the Benioffs renewed their commitment to UC Santa Barbara with an additional $60 million gift to establish the Benioff Ocean Science Laboratory and expand the advancement of science-based solutions.

The Marine Science Institute building at UC Santa Barbara.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice

The Benioff Ocean Science Laboratory is committed to promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) in our field of marine science. Read more about our action plan and initiatives on our DEIJ page.