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New Center Will Focus on World's Oceans

Publication Date: 
January 09, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle
Jane Kay

The San Francisco Chronicle covered the launch of the Center for Ocean Solutions, which is being managed by Stanford’s Woods Institute for the Environment. Professor Buzz Thompson co-directs the Woods Institute, and Lecturer Meg Caldwell will serve as interim director of the new ocean center:

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation has donated $25 million to create a center in Monterey dedicated to protecting the world's oceans, officials announced today.

Called the Center for Ocean Solutions, it will be run by Stanford University, the Monterey Bay Aquarium and their nearby research institutions. Stanford's Hopkins Marine Station at Cannery Row is the oldest marine research lab on the West Coast, and Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, or MBARI, is located in Moss Landing.


Meg Caldwell, former chairwoman of the California Coastal Commission and senior lecturer at Stanford Law School, is interim director.

Part of the center's mission is to improve graduate-level marine education in the region by developing student workshops and short courses on marine science and policy, she said.