Marine Science


The Monterey Bay Region is home to some of the most innovative technology companies in the nation, including electric motorcycle company Zero Motorcycles, cloud computing firm Looker, internet service providers Cruzio and RedShift, state-of-the-art digital audio company Universal Audio, Fortune 500 enterprises like Plantronics, and many exciting start-ups with the potential to grow in the region.  Both Santa Cruz and Salinas are within an hour’s drive of the most innovative center of new company creation in the world, Silicon Valley.  We have the added characteristic of living in one of the most beautiful areas of the world!

The UCSC Genomics Institute is one of the leading computational genomics research groups in the U.S.  Researchers at the UCSC Genomics Institute are taking advantage of the dramatic decline in the cost of genome sequencing and huge gains in computing, storage, bandwidth and open systems to develop more precise cancer treatments, identify causes of congenital abnormalities, and control autoimmune disease.  The Institute’s genomics browser is the leading tool used worldwide to analyze genomics data.  Recent companies to spin out from the Institute include Five3Genomics.

Monterey Bay is the leading region for marine science in the nation, with 24 research organizations, over 2,100 research professionals and staff, and annual budgets exceeding $300M.  Research includes sea floor mapping, autonomous underwater vehicles, chemical sensors, coastal ocean processes, biogeochemistry, climate and weather research.

The Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS) provides a research center named The Center for the Blue Economy to promote ocean and coastal sustainability. Please check out their page here to learn more.

Marine Sciences Facilities Budgets and Faculty/Students/Staff

  • There are 24 Marine Science institutions in the Monterey Bay Region.
  • In February 2016, total budgets of these institutions was over $337 million with Faculty/Students/Staff of over 2,340.
  • In July 2014, total budgets of these institutions was over $314 million with Faculty/Students/Staff of over 2,330.
  • In 2013, total budgets was over $286 million with Faculty/Students/Staff of over 2,110.
To view details on the economic impact of the 24 Marine Science institutions in the Monterey Bay Region (updated through February 2016), please visit the UC Santa Cruz page here.

The budget and staff numbers are according to Monterey Bay Crescent Ocean Research Consortium (MBCORC).
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UC Santa Cruz

  • The proximity to the Monterey Bay and the vast institutions related to Marine Science has helped Marine Biology become a popular field in UC Santa Cruz for undergraduates.
  • Marine Biology degrees have consistently been among the top 20 most undergraduate degrees handed out in UC Santa Cruz.
  • In 2014, a Marine Biology undergraduate degree was the 15th most conferred degree in UC Santa Cruz, out of all 58 total undergraduate degrees offered in UC Santa Cruz.
Source(s): UC Santa Cruz Budget - A Bird's Eye View Reports.
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California State University, Monterey Bay

  • Like UCSC, the proximity of the Monterey Bay and institutions available has helped Marine Science become a popular undergraduate major at CSUMB.
  • Since a major in Marine Science become available in the Fall of 2011, Marine Science has quickly become a top major at CSUMB.
  • In the Fall of 2014, nearly 7% of undergraduates declared Marine Science as their Major, the 6th highest out of 23 available undergraduate majors in CSUMB.
Source(s): Cal State Monterey Bay University Factbook.

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