Join a movement putting diversity to work for resilient coastal life.  

The MarineGEO network is building the science foundation to sustain diverse, resilient coastal life around the world, together. Here are some examples of our work. And here are three ways you can be part of the solution: 

  1. Donate now to build diversity for coastal solutions

    The network is people. Your investment will help MarineGEO build capacity, diversity, and connections that tackles challenges to coastal marine life—in your area and around the world.  
  2. Join Smithsonian’s global network as a partner observatory  

    People around the world are passionate about conserving marine life, but often feel limited in what we can do on our own. MarineGEO solves that problem by providing tools and training to elevate your science, address important questions, connect with a dynamic community, and coordinate toward more impactful outcomes.  

    Here's what some of our partners say:   
    “By engaging with MarineGEO and the people who make up the network, my career has advanced in a thousand small ways and the program has acted as a conduit through which new partnerships, ideas, research projects, and educational opportunities have flowed to me, my students, and my home institutions." Dr. Chris Patrick, MarineGEO Lower Chesapeake Bay (Virginia Institute of Marine Science )
    “Whenever I’m asked about the factors that have led to Hakai’s success, I invariably put our partnership with MarineGEO at the top of my list.”  Dr. Eric Peterson, Founder and Director, the Hakai Institute (MarineGEO British Columbia)
    Is partnership with MarineGEO right for you? We invite you to review our Guiding Documents webpage. Then reach out to so we can discuss next steps and the best ways to work together.  
  3. Contribute your knowledge as a citizen scientist  

    Ocean life is spectacularly diverse. Tracking its vital signs can be a challenge, and doing so on a global scale requires a team effort. Citizens like you can add valuable data and context to what scientists do. You can help by contributing your knowledge and observations of coastal marine life around our partner sites to MarineGEO's iNaturalist projects.
  4. Join us as MarineGEO intern  

    Are you a current undergraduate or graduate student or a recent college graduate who is interested in how marine life and ecosystems work, team science, or data curation and management? Consider joining MarineGEO as an intern! We currently welcome interns in-person at SERC in Edgewater, MD and are exploring opportunities for internships at our partner sites. We occasionally take fall and winter interns, but most of our intern opportunities are between April and August. To be considered for a SERC internship with us, you must select MarineGEO as your first choice. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to MarineGEO’s program manager, Dr. Katelyn DiBenedetto (, with questions.