Marine Science at the University of Sydney dates back to the 1880's. The Marine Studies Centre and the Ocean Science Institute were established in 1970, and these were replaced by the University of Sydney Institute of Marine Science (USIMS) in 2002.
The University of Sydney Institute of Marine Science (USIMS) provides a focus for undertaking a degree in marine science at the university. It coordinates undergraduate and graduate teaching and research, promotes marine science within the university and externally, and fosters interdisciplinary research in marine science. Teaching and research are conducted within the schools and centres including: the Centre for Research on Ecological Impacts of Coastal Cities, the Ocean Technology Group, the Geocoastal Group, the Georeef Lab, the Australian Centre for Field Robotics, the Centre for Geotechnical Research, the University of the Sea, and One Tree Island Research Station. These research centres attract a significant amount of funding annually, which in turn attracts top local and international students, thus producing a challenging academic atmosphere that brings out the best that research students have to offer.
USIMS is a partner in the Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS), a consortium involving all of the prominent universities in the Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong region, state marine agencies and one federal agency. SIMS headquarters is at Chowder Bay, near Taronga Zoo on the North Shore of Sydney Harbour.