We are a group of dedicated Smithsonian scientists applying research to support the
conservation and sustainable use of ocean resources.

The Marine Conservation Program, at the Smithsonian Marine Station in Fort Pierce, Florida conducts applied research to provide the knowledge, tools and technical support needed to secure and manage marine resources today and for future generations. We engage with communities, industry partners, NGOs and Governments to support science based decision making.

We focus on conservation challenges with strong interests in marine reserve design, animal and human movement ecology and populations genetics. Our research helps to build solutions to critical problems facing the marine environment around the world including the Caribbean, Pacific ocean and the Andaman Sea.


Developing and combining cutting edge research into a suite of tools to solve critical challenges facing marine and coastal systems and the people who rely on them. Our projects range from the development of conservation-focused technology to the use of genetics in the conservation of endangered species…

Marine Spatial Planning

Making decisions on how to use marine resources in a sustainable way. Continue Reading Marine Spatial Planning

Fisheries Science

Informing decisions for effective fisheries management. Continue Reading Fisheries Science

Conservation Genetics

Using genetics for the conservation and management of marine species. Continue Reading Conservation Genetics