Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment


Gillnet fishing equipment

New tool Improves Fishing Efficiency and Sustainability »

May 30, 2018

Software targets the most abundant fishing grounds and reduces catch of unwanted or protected species using satellite data, maps and observations.

By Nicole Kravec, Center for Ocean Solutions

Tourists watch dolphins in Golfo Dulce or Sweet Gulf, a rare tropical fjord estuary inthe Osa-Golfito region of Costa Rica. The inlet opens to the Pacific Ocean.

Moving Closer to Sustainability Goals  »

March 14, 2018

Appointment of new co-director brings marine focus and expanded reach for initiative in Costa Rica.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

healthy and degraded corals

Before Reefs Become Deserts: Keeping Coral Healthy »

March 1, 2018

Researchers develop novel approach to understand both human and environmental impacts on coral reef health across the Hawaiian Islands.

By Nicole Kravec, Center for Ocean Solutions


How Will Small-Scale Fisheries Fare in a Changing Climate? »

February 14, 2018

Rising seas pose a near-term threat to Pacific island communities who rely on marine populations for food and industry. Larry Crowder and Elena Finkbeiner discuss how these communities might be able to adapt.

By Vicky Stein, Stanford News Service

Scientists Launch Global Framework to Curb Social and Human Rights Abuses in the Seafood Sector »

June 1, 2017

Guidelines for the treatment of humans who work in fisheries have lagged behind other industry advances.

By Kristen Weiss, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Bleached coral in Australia's Great Barrier Reef

Humans Can Ease Climate Change Impacts on Oceans »

April 27, 2017

Investment and innovation are key to solving a 'crisis of motivation,' according to expert analysis.

By Polita Glynn, This post adapted from a Pew Charitable Trusts blog post:

Fiorenza Micheli and Jim Leape

New Leadership for Stanford’s Center for Ocean Solutions »

March 30, 2017

New leaders and refocused mission for center to focus on climate change impacts and ‘data revolution’ solutions.

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Antarctic Sea Ice

Future of Antarctic Marine Protected Areas at Risk »

October 13, 2016

Efforts to adopt effective marine protected areas in the Southern Ocean, a global commons containing the world’s most pristine marine ecosystems, are being thwarted by political infighting and fishing interests.

By Ker Than, Stanford News Service

coral reef

Coral Reef ‘Bright Spots’ May Hold Key to Conservation »

June 15, 2016

Among the world’s embattled coral reefs, an international team of researchers has identified ‘bright spots’ where marine life is surprisingly thriving.

By Kristin Weiss, Center for Ocean Solutions

A Time for Sea Change »

December 10, 2015

In the lead-up to the Paris climate talks, Center for Ocean Solutions experts explain why reducing carbon dioxide emissions is vital to both human and ocean health.

By Kristen Weiss, Center for Ocean Solutions

Bluegill fish

Ecological Society of America Showcases Notable Papers  »

August 12, 2015

Stanford researchers among authors honored in centennial issue of largest professional society devoted to ecological science

By Kristen Weiss and Sara Worden, Center for Ocean Solutions

Protecting the Deep Sea: A Call for Balancing Mining and Ecosystem Protection »

July 8, 2015

Researchers propose a strategy for balancing commercial extraction of deep-sea resources with protection of diverse seabed habitats. 

By Sara Worden, Center for Ocean Solutions

Bold Solutions for Marine Conservation »

February 11, 2015

Two-thirds of high seas fisheries are depleted or overfished, but technology and political will can reverse the downward trend and move toward sustainability.

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New Tool Offers Near Real-Time Info About Marine Species »

June 27, 2014

Scientists with Stanford's Center for Ocean Solutions propose using genetic techniques as a low-cost, quick way to collect near real-time knowledge of environmental conditions.

By Julia Turan, intern, Stanford News Service

turtle caught in fishing net

Unintended Consequences: A Global Map of Fisheries Bycatch »

March 17, 2014

Stanford Woods Institute researcher and others chart intensive fishing’s collateral damage

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Mexican boy loads fish onto shore

Trash to Treasure: A Seafood Story »

March 12, 2014

Big plans, support for sustainable fisheries project

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Scientists Identify Marine Life From DNA in Seawater »

January 15, 2014

Innovative tool that examines tissue and cells left in water promises new way to monitor ocean species

By Liz Hambleton, Science Communications Early Career Fellow, Center for Ocean Solutions

Celebrating Five Years of Linking Ocean Science to Policy »

October 8, 2013

The Center for Ocean Solutions looks back on progress, and ahead to challenges

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford Woods Institute Announces 2013 Environmental Venture Projects »

June 19, 2013

Seven interdisciplinary research studies propose practical solutions to major sustainability challenges

By Terry Nagel, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Recovery of Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles Still Incomplete »

May 29, 2013

Hawaiian green sea turtle populations have increased in recent years, but their numbers still fall far short of historic levels. A new report suggests that calls to lift protection for this species may be premature.

By Karen Marvin, Center for Ocean Solutions