• Improving MPA ManagementSentinel Species Research
    Drifting Fishing Gear Poses Significant Risks to Marine Protected Areas
    A team of scientists has shown the potential harm that dFADs could cause to MPAs. Their study found more than a third of dFADs posed a risk to biodiversity in the Chagos Archipelago MPA.
  • Coral Reefs
    Podcast: Sharks – Masters of the Ocean
    In this episode of Ocean Matters, Helen Czerski explores how these masters of the ocean sense their world, why they’re not the “lone hunters” depicted by Hollywood, and why we need to protect them.
  • Improving MPA Management
    Seminar: Imaging in Marine Science
    Advances in technology have allowed scientists to capture the underwater world in new and innovative ways, revealing insights in to life in the big blue and providing data to help us better protect the ocean and the life within. This seminar will explore how different imaging techniques are applied to study the ocean and help provide a picture of what the underwater world is hiding.
What we do
Our research programme is advancing our understanding of Marine Protected Areas - so they can be better managed to provide the maximum amount of protection. Our highly collaborative and interdisciplinary projects are led by some of the world's leading marine scientists who are pushing the boundaries of their fields.

A healthy ocean is
vital to sustaining all
life on Earth – not just
the animals and plants
that live below the waves

of the Earth is ocean
of species in the ocean are yet to be discovered
of the oxygen we breathe in made in the ocean
The British Indian Ocean Territory is a unique place to undertake scientific research. This large Marine Protected Area is located in the middle of one of the Earth's most exploited oceans. It is an incredible opportunity to create an ocean observatory - a place where scientists can investigate complex marine ecosystems.
Coral Reef Resilience
Despite containing some of the healthiest coral reefs in the Indian Ocean, the impact of climate change has still been acutely felt in BIOT.
Sentinel Species Research
Our work is building a detailed picture of how important and mobile species such as turtles, seabirds, sharks and rays use the Marine Protected Area
Improving MPA Management
Scientific research carried out in BIOT is being used to inform the management of the Marine Protected Area and support the UK's international commitments such as Sustainable Development Goal 14.
  • Coral Reef Resilience
    Coral Reef Fish in the British Indian Ocean Territory
  • Improving MPA Management
    Social Drivers for Shark Fishing Amongst Sri Lankan and Indian Fishers
  • Sentinel Species Research
    The Ecology of Sea Turtles in the British Indian Ocean Territory
  • Sentinel Species Research
    The Ecology and Ecosystem Roles of Reef Sharks in the BIOT MPA
More than 60 scientists from 22 institutions and six countries are working together to uncover the ocean's hidden secrets - and find new ways to protect it