Dr. Stuart Sandin was recently selected to be the Director of the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (CMBC) at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation exists to promote a holistic, interdisciplinary approach in the education of future leaders in marine biodiversity and conservation, and in the direction and application research to the conservation of marine biodiversity.  CMBC trains scientists to work  at the interface between the natural and social sciences and to effectively communicate scientific knowledge to decision makers and the public.

Dr. Sandin follows a line of notable directors, including its founding directors Dr. Nancy Knowlton  (2001 – 2007) and Dr. Jeremy Jackson (2007 – 2011), and Dr. Lisa Levin  (2011 – 2017).