A LOVE AFFAIR WITH THE OCEAN
The Ocean Genome Legacy Center has an unwavering commitment to preserving the diverse ocean life from our planet’s oceans.
WHO WE ARE
Ocean Genome Legacy is a nonprofit, marine research organization and biological specimen repository dedicated to exploring and preserving the wealth of information contained in the DNA of marine organisms.
WHAT WE DO
Our mission is to acquire, authenticate, study, preserve, develop, and distribute genetic materials, biological specimens, information, technology, and standards needed to advance basic and applied non-commercial research.
OUR BOLD VISION
By providing secure storage and broad public access to genomic materials and a forum for sharing samples, data, and ideas, OGL aims to serve as a catalyst for research that can help to protect marine ecosystems and improve the human condition.
WITH THE HELP OF OUR CONTRIBUTORS, OGL’S COLLECTION CONTAINS:
AN IMPORTANT TOOL FOR CONSERVATIONISTS AND RESEARCHERS ALIKE
“We know that species are disappearing from the oceans at an alarming rate, and so much of what’s underwater remains a mystery to us; it would be a horrible shame if all of that biological diversity that we know is out there would disappear before we even had a chance to name all those species.”
DR. DAN DISTEL, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE OCEAN GENOME LEGACY CENTER
TAKE A DIVE INTO OUR FEATURED COLLECTIONS
The Ocean Genome Legacy is trusted to collect, study, maintain, and share genomic data from our oceans. Through sponsorships and partnerships, we are able to provide data to ocean conservation organizations around the world. Take a quick look of some of our featured collections.
VISUALIZING THE OCEAN'S MYSTERIES
Northeastern’s Ocean Genome Legacy maintains a collection of marine DNA and tissue samples that is unlike anything else in the world. This has been visualized by melding incredible data visualization to impactful storytelling.
by Lia Petronio and Allie Nicodemo
ALABAMA UNDERSEA FOREST
Supported by a grant from the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research and led by OGL Director, Dr. Dan Distel, OGL scientists and divers are exploring the diversity of invertebrate animals and bacterial communities associated with an ancient undersea Cyprus forest. This project is the first biodiversity survey of an ancient submerged forest, and the findings will lead to advancements in medicine and biotechnology.
BLACK CORAL PROJECT
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation awarded OGL a grant to build a reference DNA collection of black corals. OGL’s collection of legally obtained, well-documented black coral DNA samples helps scientists and law enforcement identify unknown samples for conservation purposes as well as basic research. OGL holds over 200 DNA samples representing over 100 different black coral species, including samples collected by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Okeanos Explorer and those housed in the Smithsonian.
SAVE THE COLLECTIONS
OGL’s Save the Collections program reaches out to retiring researchers to give their collections a permanent home after they retire. These valuable specimens are then able to support research and conservation efforts around the world. Please contact OGL if you are interested in donating your collection.
SEAFOOD GENOME REFERENCE COLLECTION
Supported by grants from the National Fisheries Institute’s Seafood Industry Research Fund (SIRF) and the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, OGL is building the Seafood Genome Reference Collection (SGRC), a valuable tool for supporting the development of new DNA-based seafood identification methods. The SGRC is a comprehensive and accessible public DNA, data, and tissue repository. It makes DNA-based seafood species identification possible by providing reference samples and DNA sequence data (DNA barcodes) to which unknown seafood samples can be compared.
Student projects in dna preservation
Amazing advances in DNA-based research demand improved methods for preserving high-quality DNA in biological samples. Surprisingly, scientists still use many of the same preservative methods used by Darwin over 150 years ago (e.g., ethanol and formaldehyde). In part, this is because preservative research takes a very long time and is not very rewarding for graduate students, postdocs and new faculty. However, it’s a terrific topic for undergraduate students who are not under pressure to publish. OGL’s Student Research in DNA Preservation project addresses these long-term questions by linking together sequential undergraduate research projects. Our aim is to do high-quality research while giving undergraduate students a complete research experience, touching on all aspects of the scientific process from formulating a question to publishing the results.
TO SUPPORT AND ENHANCE RESESARCH EFFORTS, THE OGL CAN:
The Ocean Genome Legacy enhances the impact of your research by making your valuable samples widely available to the research community.
The Ocean Genome Legacy reduces the environmental impact of your research by minimizing the unnecessary collection of new samples.
The Ocean Genome Legacy can improve the security of your valuable samples with 24/7/365 temperature monitoring and emergency backup power.
BE A PARTNER
The Ocean Genome Legacy can consult with you about best practices for sample collection and storage.