Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment


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Humans depend on the ocean to help stabilize the climate, provide food and support livelihoods.

Stanford Woods Institute researchers are finding ways to meet challenges facing ocean health by applying the best available science and policy expertise to ocean governance, ecosystem resilience, climate change impacts such as ocean acidification and sea level rise and other stressors to marine environments.

Research Centers and Programs

Center for Ocean Solutions »

The Center for Ocean Solutions (COS) is a collaboration among Stanford University (through the Stanford Woods Institute and the Hopkins Marine Station), the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). COS develops knowledge to solve ocean challenges.

Natural Capital Project »

The Natural Capital Project melds world-class research on environmental economics with influential conservation programs. The center’s Integrated Valuation of Environmental Services and Tradeoffs (InVEST) software suite enables decision-makers to quantify nature’s values, assess tradeoffs associated with alternative land- and water-use choices and integrate conservation and human development into land- and...

News & Press Releases

Woods Senior Fellow Barbara Block and Charles Farwell of the Monterey Bay Aquarium tag a Pacific bluefin tuna.

Pacific Bluefin Tunas' Favorite Feeding Spots »

September 25, 2015

Woods senior fellow and other scientists devise a new methodology for measuring how and when ocean predators consume prey, and identify the Pacific bluefin's favorite hot spots, information that can inform conservation strategies.

By Bjorn Carey, Stanford News Service

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Media Coverage

Do Humans Have a Future in Deep Sea Exploration? »

September 14, 2015

Senior Fellow Robert Dunbar (Earth System Science) comments on Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory

By Chris Dixon, New York Times

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Published Work
Genomic Basis for Coral Resilience »

January 7, 2013 - Stephen Palumbi, Daniel J. Barshis , Jason T. Ladner, Thomas A. Oliver, François O. Seneca, Nikki Traylor-Knowles

Human Dimensions of Coral Reef Social-Ecological Systems »

December 1, 2012 - Larry Crowder, John Kittinger, Elena M. Finkbeiner , Edward W. Glazier

Tissue Turnover Rates and Isotopic Trophic Discrimination Factors in the Endothermic Teleost, Pacific Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus orientalis) »

November 7, 2012 - Barbara Block, Daniel Madigan, Steven Litvin, Brian Popp, Aaron Carlisle, Charles Farwell

Sociocultural significance of the endangered Hawaiian monk seal and the human dimensions of conservation planning »

May 23, 2012 - John N. Kittinger, Trisann Māhealani Bambico, Trisha Kehaulani Watson, Edward W. Glazier

Dam Choices: Analyses for Multiple Needs »

March 28, 2012 - Peter Kareiva

Mitigating Local Causes of Ocean Acidification with Existing Laws »

May 1, 2011 - R. P. Kelly, M. M. Foley, W. S. Fisher, R. A. Feely, B. S. Halpern, G. G. Waldbusser

Feeding aquaculture in an era of finite resources »

September 8, 2009 - Rosamond Naylor, Ronald W. Hardy, Dominique P. Bureau, Alice Chiu, Matthew Elliott, Anthony P. Farrell, Ian Forster, Delbert M. Gatlin, Rebecca J. Goldburg, Katheline Hua, Peter D. Nichols

Workshop Report
Preparing for the Future: Climate Change and the Monterey Bay Shorelines »

December 6, 2011 - Adina Abeles, Karen Grimmer, Hilary Papendick

Rising to the Challenge: Results of the 2011 California Coastal Adaption Needs Assessment »

May 1, 2012 - Juliette A. Finzi Hart, Phyllis M. Grifman, Susanne C. Moser, Adina Abeles, Monique R. Myers, Susan C. Schlosser, Julia A. Ekstrom

Ocean Conservation Strategies and the Next Decade of Marine Conservation Philanthropy »

November 1, 2011 - Larry Crowder, Stephen Palumbi, Xaiver Basurto, Alice Chiu, Rod Fujita, Peter Kareiva, Whitney Smith, Mike Weber, Thomas Hayden

Numerical modeling of aquaculture dissolved waste transport in a coastal embayment »

November 30, 2010 - Jeffrey Koseff, Rosamond Naylor, Alice Chiu, Oliver Fringer, Hyeyun Ku, Subhas Venayagamoorthy

New Tagging and Tracking Technologies and Their Potential for Transforming the Science Underlying Fisheries Management »

November 30, 2010 - Barbara Block, Charles Greene, David Welch, George Jackson, Gareth Lawson, Erin Rechisky

A View of the Ocean from Pacific Predators »

November 30, 2010 - Barbara Block, Daniel Costa and Steven Bograd

Resolving Mismatches in U.S. Ocean Governance »

November 30, 2010 - Larry Crowder, G. Osherenko, O. R. Young, S. Airamé, E. A. Norse, N. Baron, J. C. Day, F. Douvere, C. N. Ehler, B. S. Halpern, S. J. Langdon, K. L. McLeod, J. C. Ogden, R. E. Peach, A. A. Rosenberg, J. A. Wilson

Historical Perspective »

November 15, 2007 - Hon. John A. Fraser

Annual Reports
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