Ocean Research and Conservation Group

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Ocean Research and Conservation Group

About the Group

The Ocean Research and Conservation Group is based in the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford.

The oceans are under severe threat from direct and indirect human impacts, including the all-encompassing effects of climate change. In order to understand the implications of such threats our work is aimed at understanding how the biodiversity of the oceans is distributed, the environmental variables that influence biological communities, how marine ecosystems work and the location and magnitude of human impacts. Only through such a holistic approach is it possible to help to plan for future management and conservation of marine ecosystems and their component parts. Inevitably this means that we also address and shape the policies that govern human activities influencing both coastal and oceanic marine ecosystems. 

The scientists of the Ocean Research and Conservation group work from shallow-water coral ecosystems to extreme environments including the deep sea and polar regions. We employ a range of technologies including:

  • SCUBA and advanced technical diving-based surveys
  • Satellite, air and vessel-borne remote sensing
  • Acoustics
  • Remotely operated vehicles
  • Molecular biology, particularly DNA sequencing and genotyping
  • Microscopy
  • Remote camera monitoring 
  • Advanced modelling

Active projects:

Our scientists have undertaken projects for the UN International Seabed Authority, UN Division of Oceans and Law of the Sea, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, International Maritime Organisation, the G8+5 Global Legislators Organisation for a Balanced Environment (GLOBE) and for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) including the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, The Bertarelli Foundation, NEKTON, Greenpeace, the Pew Foundation, The World Wildlife Fund for Nature, Common Seas, and The Deep-Sea Conservation Coalition.