Cordell Expeditions is a tax-exempt, nonprofit research association operating under the laws of the State of California (Org. Number 9786509) and the U. S. Department of Internal Revenue (Section 501(c)(3), Employer ID number 94-2692114).
Founded in 1977, the group has carried out a series of research expeditions every year since 1978. The work involves exploring and describing remote sites, principally offshore submerged marine sites that support extensive biological communities. The motivation for the work is to carry out field work to generate primary information about the sites, so that they can be protected and rationally managed.
The work has resulted in the discovery of more than 20 new species, significant uncharted topographic features, and many first observations of environmental conditions. A large collection of specimens, and photographic archive, and a large number of popular articles are additional results of the expeditions.
Cordell Expeditions is also involved with ongoing research programs associated with educational institutions, including Diablo Valley College, the California Academy of Sciences, St. Marys College, and the Shorebird Nature Center in Berkeley. Additionally, the expeditions have embraced radio science, with extensive involvement in amateur radio used on expeditions, particularly to remote sites such as oceanic islands.