• News
    Professor Charles Sheppard, OBE
    Last week we heard the terrible news that our friend and the ‘father’ of marine science in Chagos had passed away. Our thoughts and condolences are with his wife Anne and his children during this incredibly sad and difficult time.
  • News
    Multidisciplinary Science Expedition to the Chagos Archipelago
    A multidisciplinary science expedition ran from 6 January to 16 February 2024. The expedition included team members from four projects focusing on reef manta rays, mesophotic coral ecosystems (MCEs), whales and dolphins, and plastic pollution.
  • News
    The Art of Saving the Ocean
    Through a series of keynote presentations and panel discussions, we explored the science behind ocean-island connections, learned about projects currently underway and the involvement of local communities, and how we can find new ways to fund this important work.
What we do
Our Indian Ocean focussed research programme is advancing the 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 is made in the ocean
The Indian ocean is one of the Earth's most exploited oceans. A large Marine Protected Area located in the middle of the Indian ocean provides an incredible opportunity to create an ocean observatory - a place where scientists can investigate complex marine ecosystems in the absence of direct human influence.
Island Reef Connections
The impact of climate change has been acutely felt on coral reefs across the Indian Ocean, including areas previously shown to be some of the healthiest coral reefs in the region.
Species Distribution and Ecology
Our work is building a detailed picture of how important and mobile species such as turtles, seabirds, sharks and rays travel across the Indian Ocean
Tackling Illegal Fishing
Scientific research carried out in the Indian Ocean is being used to inform the management of Marine Protected Areas and help governments support international commitments such as the UN's Sustainable Development Goal 14.
  • Island Reef Connections
    Implications of Nutrient Flow and Feedback Across the Seabird-Island-Reef System
  • Tackling Illegal Fishing
    Social Drivers for Shark Fishing Amongst Sri Lankan and Indian Fishers
  • Species Distribution and Ecology
    Conservation of Sea Turtles in the Indian Ocean Region
  • Species Distribution and Ecology
    The Ecology and Ecosystem Roles of Reef Sharks in the Indian Ocean MPA
More than 73 scientists from 22 institutions and 11 countries are working together to uncover the ocean's hidden secrets - and find new ways to protect it