Margaret Leinen, Ph.D. is UC San Diego Vice Chancellor for Marine Sciences, Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and Dean of the School of Marine Sciences.

Dr. Leinen joined Scripps Oceanography in October 2013.  She has extensive national and international experience in ocean science, global climate and environmental issues, federal research administration, and non-profit startups. She is a researcher in paleo-oceanography and paleo-climatology.

Donor reception at Birch Aquarium at Scripps.

Scripps Event Recognizes COP21 Donor Support
Scripps 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) delegates come together for a special reception at Birch Aquarium at Scripps to thank donors for their generous support

A man on a pier.

Around the Pier: Scripps Oceanography/UC San Diego Unveil Revitalized Ship Facility
Grand reopening of Nimitz Marine Facility showcases new pier and other enhancements to support Scripps’ research vessels

Margaret Leinen

Scripps Oceanography Director Named Science Envoy by U.S. Department of State
Margaret Leinen to focus on ocean science in Latin America, East Asia, and the Pacific

  • Margaret Leinen and Walter Munk at R/V Sally Ride

    Margaret Leinen is an award-winning oceanographer and an accomplished executive with extensive national and international experience.

  • A high-level group of nationally and internationally prominent individuals who provide advice, assistance, and support to Scripps and its director.