The master program of the Institute of Marine Biology was established in 1981 and the Ph.D. program in 1995. The programs are designed for students interested in careers in marine biological science and related fields, and also for students with other interests in fisheries and marine environment management, resources conservation and ecological impact assessment. Projects undertaken by this Institute are focused on marine ecology as well as physiological and biochemical functions of marine organisms. In addition to pursuing basic research as its primary task, this Institute places an equal emphasis on applications. Faculty in the Institute are especially qualified to direct graduate study in coral reef ecology, physiological ecology of marine organisms, marine animal behavior and acoustics, reproductive and nutritional physiology of fish and crustaceans, fisheries biology and mariculture, marine plant physiology and ecology and benthic ecology. These studies cover all areas of molecular, cellular, organismic, population, and ecosystem aspects of marine biology. In addition to conducting basic research funded mainly by the National Science Council, the faculty are extensively involved in application projects related to coral reef conservation and reconstruction, ocean ranching, open-sea cage culture, ecological impact assessment and marine pollution. Facilities are available through cooperative arrangements with the Taiwan Fisheries Research Institute and National Marine Biology Museum and Aquarium. The Institute has a wide research and reference collection of fish, shellfish and other marine invertebrates, and can secure additional materials on loan from other institutions for use in studies.
Presently, the Institute has five full-time professors, one associate professor, one assistant professor and one technical staff. In order to enhance teaching and research, the Institute invites domestic and foreign scholars, on a regular basis, to teach and direct research on various topics in marine biology. The institute has an aquaculture facility (laboratory and ponds) devoted to teaching and research on production of fish and invertebrates for food and conservation. Our students conduct research and underwater training in the Kenting National Park, Green Island, Orchid Island and other coastal habitats for coral reef and other researches, which are an integrated part of our marine ecology curriculum. Educational curriculum is available from the University to prepare prospective students for a career in high school level teaching.