In July 2004, The Nature Conservancy established the Palmyra Atoll Research Consortium (PARC) with researchers from around the globe (Stanford University, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, American Museum of Natural History, California Academy of Sciences, University of California at Santa Barbara, University of California at Irvine, University of Hawaii, U.S. Geological Survey, and Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand). This collaborative partnership of universities, museums, and conservation organizations conducts innovative, interdisciplinary work on the natural systems of Palmyra Atoll and the central Pacific. These studies span the realms of both land and sea, and include diverse fields such as oceanography, geology, chemistry, and biology. PARC scientists are researching everything from the ocean currents that wash this remote atoll to the microbes, plankton, plants, crabs, fish, sharks, whales, and birds that live here. The PARC research provides a fundamental understanding of nature, broadens public appreciation of marine conservation, and informs management of island and coastal ecosystems worldwide.
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