Research and Curation Projects

A deep-sea coral observed on a research expedition to Costa Rica


SIO-BIC contributes to research on invertebrate diversity, including new species descriptions, global phylogenies, population genetics, and biogeography. BIC specimens are used extensively by the lab of the SIO-BIC Curator, Prof. Greg Rouse.


Current focus areas include:



  • Collection rescues: accepting and integrating collections from eminent deep-sea researchers upon retirement
  • Digitization: as a participant in the NSF-funded DigIn project (“Documenting Marine Biodiversity Through Digitization of Invertebrate Collections”), SIO-BIC aims to make all specimen records and representative images publicly discoverable online, including tens of thousands of legacy specimens with no previous digital presence
    • In addition to the continually updated Scripps-hosted SIO-BIC database, archived versions of the SIO-BIC dataset are available via GBIF and iDigBio and will be updated by the completion of DigIn