The scope of marine science expertise and research at SPMC ranges from the smallest to largest organisms, and to the chemistry and physics of the marine realm. This expertise is derived from the research interests of resident SPMC scientists and affiliated WWU faculty. Below is a summary of the research being conducted at SPMC and WWU by faculty, staff, and students.

Many studies take place at local model study sites as well as at more distant locations. Hundreds of scientific publications have appeared in peer-reviewed scientific journals as a result of these studies.