The University of Hawaii received its largest private donation in history.
The Simons Foundation awarded the School of Ocean and Earth Science Technology $40 million to continue its ocean and marine research.
Researchers will use the money to learn more about marine microorganisms, how the ocean ecosystem works and its impacts on human life.
"We're trying to understand the entire ecosystem from the physics of the oceans and its interaction with the atmosphere all the way through the fisheries. But, it's the basic microorganisms that are the basic food web and responsible for basic habitableness," said David Karl, UH-Manoa Professor of Oceanography.
Karl says the funds can help them look at how using deep sea water to cool of buildings in downtown could impact ocean life.