We drive research by collaborating with universities globally to carve out a permanent space for kelp forest studies in academia. We also sponsor master’s and PhD students to pilot key studies on kelp, allowing us to develop essential monitoring techniques and frameworks to better understand the value of marine ecosystem services.   

Areas of Research

Kelp Forest Foundation’s areas of research are directly tied to the unanswered questions surrounding the ecosystem services of kelp. These are our current research topics:

Want to learn more about the potential of kelp?

If you want to learn more about what kelp can do and how our areas of research address the gaps in the science and knowledge around kelp’s ecosystem services, check out our Why Kelp? page.

How We Work

Curate Research Program

We shape research agendas that unlock the untapped potential of kelp. The knowledge is essential for the industry’s advancement and crucial in garnering awareness and support for the preservation of thriving kelp forests.

Build Collaborative Projects

We forge partnerships with universities and research institutions worldwide, creating exciting research initiatives focused on different aspects of kelp.


We actively raise funds to bring these projects to life, tapping into a network of environmental partners, ocean stewards, marine scientists and other stakeholders.

Knowledge Sharing

We make sure everyone can access and understand the valuable knowledge we uncover. We translate complex findings into practical tools for kelp farmers, protectors, local communities, and beyond.

Join Our Global Research Community

Interested in our Kelp Forest Research?

Help us restore the health of our planet. If you have a research project idea that is related to one of our research areas, we’d love to work with you!

Research Projects