Global Oceans is a US-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization designed to integrate and mobilize private-sector resources through our MARV™ research vessel model to expand ocean science research capacity on demand, at a global scale.
Global Oceans utilizes MARV capacity to enable greater international scientific collaboration through innovative research initiatives, partnerships, technologies, and funding support that will have a transformative impact on understanding and protecting our ocean planet.
Global Oceans works with a wide range of technical advisors, scientists, academic institutions, project collaborators, commercial asset and service providers, expert consultants, and nonprofit organizations.
The MARV model for mobilizing and operating research vessels and scientific equipment is an adaptive, non-capital intensive infrastructure approach that relies on a gobal network of highly skilled and experienced partners and institutions, and as such it is a model that can be efficiently executed with a lean organization.
Funding for projects in development and that have been launched by Global Oceans, including projects described on this website, is being sought from major philanthropic partners including foundations, corporations, and individuals, and from government science funding agencies.
As projects are funded, Program Directors and technical and operational expertise will be brought aboard by Global Oceans to support scientific collaboration and project management.
Ocean Science Research
Deep Sea Ocean Research Exploration
ROV Towfish Ocean Research Vessel
Seamounts Ecosystem Biophysical Modeling Research
Arctic Ecosystem Survey ROV Climate
Atmospheric Measurement Ocean Tropical Climate
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Board of Directors
Donna M. Kocak, M.Sc., MBA
Donna Kocak is the L3Harris Fellow, Innovation Office Advanced Technology Manager at L3Harris Technologies; and is the former president (2017-2018) and member of board of the directors of the Marine Technology Society. Donna has over 30 years of experience in the ocean engineering field supporting design, development and testing of scientific and engineering projects involving computer vision, robotics, fiber optics, underwater imaging and communications, and ocean observing systems. In 2013, Donna was recognized by the Society of Women Engineers as the 2012 Space Coast Outstanding Woman Engineer of the Year. She has authored over 70 publications and three US patents.
Patrick N. Halpin, PhD
Pat Halpin is a Professor of Marine Geospatial Ecology in the Marine Science and Conservation Division of the Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University, Durham, NC, and leads the Duke Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab. Prof. Halpin’s research focuses on marine geospatial analysis, ecological applications of geographic information systems and remote sensing; marine conservation and ecosystem-based management. He sits on a number of international scientific and conservation program steering committees including the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS), the Global Oceans Biodiversity Initiative (GOBI), the Marine Working Group for the Group on Earth Observations - Biodiversity Observing Networks (GEO-BON) and the Google Oceans Advisory Council.
Gregory S. Stone, PhD
Greg Stone is an ocean scientist, explorer, marine conservationist, and global thought leader with over 10,000 dives throughout the Earth’s ocean with SCUBA, in underwater habitats, to 18,000 feet in submersibles, and with ROVs. Currently, Greg is Chief Ocean Scientist for The Metals Company, and co-founder of Pole-to-Pole Conservation. Previously he was EVP-Chief Ocean Scientist for Conservation International; Senior Science Advisor to the UN Special Envoy for Oceans; and Oceans Chair for the World Economic Forum. Greg’s latest book is “Soul of the Sea in the Age of the Algorithm” (2017).
Jim Costopulos is the CEO and Founder of Global Oceans. Prior to Global Oceans he was President and equity partner at an industrial products distribution firm focusing on supply chain integration and product management for global industrial clients, and earlier work included start-up ventures and senior management with several manufacturing companies. His experience in supply chain, global logistics, and international business partnerships was instrumental in developing the Global Oceans MARV® model (Modular Adaptive Research Vessels) for optimizing mobilization of commercial maritime assets for ocean research. He has a BS in Biology from UC Irvine where he published research on marine invertebrate physiology; with graduate work in marine aquaculture systems at San Diego State University and Hubbs-Sea World Research Institute.