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September 23, 2022

UC Santa Barbara receives $60 million for ocean science

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The University of California, Santa Barbara has announced a $60 million gift from Giving Pledgers Marc and Lynne Benioff to support ocean science research and advance science-based solutions.

The largest gift ever for ocean science at UC Santa Barbara will establish the Benioff Ocean Science Laboratory (formerly the Benioff Ocean Initiative) and includes $50 million in support of the laboratory and $10 million to upgrade, modernize, and renovate the university’s Marine Biotechnology Lab. In honor of their commitment to ocean science, the building will be renamed for the Benioffs.

To date, the couple has pledged $88 million in support of the university’s ocean programs and collaborative partnerships, including a $10 million gift to establish the Benioff Ocean Initiative in 2016.

“Around the world, our ocean and the millions of species that inhabit it, as well as the billions of people who depend upon a healthy ocean, are in danger. The escalating damage to our ocean from climate change and other threats cannot be the legacy we pass along to future generations,” said Marc Benioff. “Lynne and I are so thankful we are able to support the incredible marine science community at UC Santa Barbara and the collaborations they’ve forged with ocean scientists internationally to develop the innovative solutions needed to help bring our oceans and planet back to health.”