About MCBI

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MCBI's Mission

Marine Conservation Biology Institute (MCBI) was established in 1996 in response to the increasing worldwide loss of marine biodiversity by marine and forest conservation biologist Elliott Norse. As a scientific adviser to the President’s Council of Environmental Quality during the Carter administration, Dr. Norse was the first scientist to clearly define the concept of biological diversity.

MCBI's mission is:

  • to advance the multidisciplinary science of marine conservation biology
  • to generate and disseminate scientific information about marine biodiversity issues to scientists, policy makers, and the general public
  • to promote alliances for protecting, restoring, and sustainably using the oceans and the life they support.

We are playing a unique role in marine conservation by:

  • holding symposia and multidisciplinary scientific workshops on emerging marine conservation issues
  • advocating the integration of marine conservation biology into public policy (see position papers: Troubled Waters, Glacier Bay National Park)
  • increasing awareness on important issues by writing articles and other publications for the scientific community, government decision makers, and the general public
  • compiling a university-level textbook on marine conservation biology
  • providing a clearinghouse for employment, research, and news announcements specific to marine conservation biology.

As a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization, MCBI welcomes donations, which are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by federal law.

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