Research & Monitoring
Science activities at Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary are directed at helping to solve specific management problems, enhance ecosystem protection efforts, and assist in the educational interpretation of the ecosystem. Sanctuary staff partner with a variety of science entities to help coordinate sanctuary resource characterization, monitoring, and research.
Ecosystem Connectivity and Animal Movements
The sanctuary is involved in multiple projects to further our understanding of how animal movements impact the scale, degree, and frequency of connectivity between the sanctuary and the mainland.
The sanctuary and partners are characterizing the sanctuary soundscape at both shallow and deep water listening stations to improve our understanding of soundscapes and to assess variation over time and space.
The sanctuary and partners have been collecting high-resolution seafloor data both inside the sanctuary and in the region through a series of initiatives.
The sanctuary is home to vibrant deep-sea coral and sponge habitats supporting a diversity of species. Sanctuaries are working to discover, monitor, and conserve these ecosystems and the life they support.
Integrated Status and Trend Reporting
The sanctuary and partners are developing products to help dynamically update the sanctuary status and trend report and make this information readily available through the Internet to everyone including managers, scientists, and educators.
Sanctuary Integrated Monitoring Network (SIMoN)
The SIMoN website captures a wide variety of research and monitoring activities underway at Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary led by various academic, agency, and non-governmental partners.
View our staff bios.
Team Lead for Education and Outreach
Unit Diving Supervisor
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Duncan
Ryan Freedman, Ph.D.
Technical Science Writer & Researcher/Deckhand, Cardinal Point Captains
Jennifer Brown, Ph.D
Project Scientist, ECOS Consulting
GIS Specialist, Cardinal Point Captains
Jennifer (Jenny) Selgrath, Ph.D.
Spatial Ecologist and Social Scientist, Cardinal Point Captains
Research Operations Specialist, Cardinal Point Captains