Contact Us


Dr. Charlotte Seid, Collection Manager:, 858-822-2818

Prof. Greg Rouse, Curator:, 858-534-7973



Please contact us before shipping any materials, to ensure that your delivery will be properly received.

Mailing address (for standard postal deliveries):
Attn: Charlotte Seid
University of California San Diego
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
9500 Gilman Drive #0244
San Diego, CA 92093-0244

The Gilman Drive address is a central mail facility, not suitable for perishable material or shipments requiring a signature.


Courier delivery address (for FedEx, UPS, DHL, and services requiring a signature):
7835 Trade St. Suite 100
Vaughan Hall 138
San Diego, CA 92121

Subject to change during campus reopening.


Street address (for visitors):
8629 Kennel Way
Vaughan Hall, Room 138
La Jolla, CA 92037

Vaughan Hall was formerly called "8675 Naga Lane" and "8675 Discovery Way," but the physical location has not changed. Older maps and navigation services may not recognize "8629 Kennel Way".


Visiting the Collection


General Visit Information

The Benthic Invertebrate Collection encourages public interest in marine life and welcomes visitors. Please note, however, that we are not a museum building equipped with public displays. Our facility is a laboratory space dedicated to specimen archival and research, so visits are by appointment only, and tours are led by our scientific staff.

We work closely with Birch Aquarium and the volunteer-run Scripps Community Outreach for Public Education (SCOPE) to share specimens with the public, offer educational events, and coordinate tours. For school groups interested in organizing a Scripps campus tour, please reach out to SCOPE.

To plan a visit to the Benthic Invertebrate Collection, please contact the Collection Manager, Dr. Charlotte Seid (, 858-822-2818).

Please be aware that our staff travel frequently, including extended periods at sea with limited email access, so advance notice is appreciated.


There is no public parking facility at our building or in campus parking lots during the week. Please note that on-street parking in La Jolla is limited, and posted times are enforced.