About Us

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The best way to conserve natural systems is to understand them and the human interactions that affect them. Since 1963, Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute (HSWRI) has pioneered scientific discoveries about oceanic animals and their ecosystems. These discoveries help identify solutions to the challenges of both conservation and sustainable human development, which is HSWRI’s mission: To return to the sea some measure of the benefits derived from it.

HSWRI conducts a wide range of research projects in Florida. Active projects include responding to injured whales and dolphins that get stranded on the beaches of east-central Florida, evaluating the ecology of dolphins as a top-level predator in the Indian River Lagoon, and providing education program development to promote scientific literacy. Some recent examples of our scientific excellence and leadership include:

  • Acting as a first responder in providing leadership to live and dead dolphin and whale strandings in Florida’s northeast and east-central counties, a “hotspot” region for dolphin and whale strandings in the southeastern U.S.
  • Creating a world-class center for scientific research, conservation and education on lands donated to the Institute by the Richard King Mellon Foundation.
  • Sharing our discoveries with teachers and students to promote scientific literacy through innovative programs.

Our organization is an independent, not-for-profit public charity with programs in scientific research, conservation and education. It is not an advocacy organization.


Go to Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute website.