October - November 2018
We're off to sea!
Greg, Charlotte, and many members of the Spineless Lab are conducting deep-sea research expeditions around the world during October-November.
BIC will be unavailable for tours and loans during much of this time, and we apologize for delays in communication, as internet access can be limited and unreliable on research ships in remote areas.
In the meantime, please enjoy the periodic updates from our expeditions!
Vents and Seeps off California, R/V Falkor, #BackyardDeep Expedition
Methane Seeps off Costa Rica, R/V Atlantis, ROC HITS Expedition
September 10, 2018
UCSD alumna Emily Tipton joined BIC as a volunteer. Emily will curate and organize specimens such as worms, sponges, and corals, to ensure that these valuable materials are easily accessible to the scientific community. Welcome, Emily!
August 25-September 1, 2018
Collection Manager Ben Frable of the SIO Marine Vertebrate Collection (MVC) presented a talk in Dunedin, New Zealand at the 2018 Joint Meeting of the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) and Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG). Ben's talk, "Integration and Curation of At-Risk Collections into the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Collections" featured the ongoing projects at BIC and MVC that are giving permanent homes to irreplaceable research collections that might otherwise be "orphaned" when their collectors retire and long-term facilities are not available at the collections' home institutions.
August 21-22, 2018
An intrepid team of MAS MBC students produced a short video about Curator Greg Rouse and the Benthic Invertebrate Collection: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
The film was screened at the 2018 MAS MBC Film Festival. Many thanks to student filmmakers Keighley Lane, Jarrod Ver-steeg, Justin Cruz-leduc, Jeongim Mok, and Cynthia Hsia for your hard work and creativity in sharing our story!
August 20, 2018
The four SIO Collections welcomed donors from the York Society for brunch and tours of the collections. Thank you to everyone who attended for your insightful questions and sharing your passion for the oceans! Special thanks to Paul Brooks for leading the organization of this fantastic event.
August 9, 2018
BIC students Amanda Gannon and Martin Heithe hosted tours for aspiring marine biologist students ages 12-15 in the Birch Aquarium's Oceanographer Camp. Thank you, campers, for your enthusiasm and great questions!
August 7, 2018
BIC students Amanda Gannon and Martin Heithe hosted tours for the UCSD Continuing Education/Emeritus program. Thank you for visiting and we hope you enjoyed an overview of current research and discoveries!
August 6-7, 2018
Curator Greg Rouse, Charlotte Seid, and Prof. Lisa Levin were proud to join the Birch Aquarium in hosting a Teacher Professional Development Workshop. Five high school science teachers in San Diego County learned about marine research, toured BIC, and prepared a lesson for their students on deep-sea
August 6-7, 2018
Curator Greg Rouse, Charlotte Seid, and Prof. Lisa Levin were proud to join the Birch Aquarium in hosting a Teacher Professional Development Workshop. Five high school science teachers in San Diego County learned about marine research, toured BIC, and prepared a lesson for their students on deep-sea ecosystems, particularly methane seeps.
August 3, 2018
New publication! Ph.D. student Marina McCowin and Curator Greg Rouse described a new species of scaleworm, Thermiphione rapanui, found at hydrothermal vents in the Eastern Pacific including Easter Island (Rapa Nui).
Phylogeny of hydrothermal vent Iphionidae, with the description of a new species (Aphroditiformia, Annelida).
Read here: https://zookeys.pensoft.net/article/24781/
August 2, 2018
BIC welcomed artist Becky Robbins for a tour and discussion of the marine species that are inspiring some of her Yugen Series of paintings. Thank you, Becky, for visiting, and we look forward to hearing about your next creative projects!
July 27, 2018
BIC hosted a tour for undergraduates and STEM teachers in the NSF GEOPATHS program, facilitated by SIO Geological Collections Manager Alex Hangsterfer. We hope you enjoyed seeing an overview of the SIO collections and research!
July 27, 2018
BIC hosted a tour for high school students in the California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science (COSMOS) summer program. Thank you for visiting and best wishes in your next math and science endeavors!
July 25, 2018
Welcome to SIO's entering class of 2018 for the Master of Advanced Studies in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation! The MAS MBC students toured BIC and learned about marine invertebrate diversity through a laboratory and lecture course by Curator Greg Rouse.
July 10 and 24, 2018
BIC hosted tours for high school students in UCSD's Academic Connections Program. Thank you for visiting and congratulations on completing your summer classes!
July 10 and 19, 2018
BIC hosted tours for aspiring marine biologist students ages 12-15 in the Birch Aquarium's Oceanographer Camp. Thank you for your enthusiasm and great questions!
July 9, 2018
SIO collection managers Charlotte Seid, Linsey Sala, and Ben Frable presented at the Birch Aquarium's Jeffrey B. Graham Perspectives on Ocean Science Lecture Series. Our talks shared some of the latest research and expeditions from the Scripps collections and how these real discoveries have inspired the Aquarium's Oddities exhibit. Thank you to the Aquarium for hosting us and to everyone who attended for your support! The recorded lecture will be available via UCSD TV at the link below.
Scripps Collections Featured in New Birch Aquarium Exhibit
New Comic Book-Inspired Exhibit Open June 29
It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, it’s a … Giant Tube Worm? On June 29, 2018, Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego launched Oddities: Hidden Heroes of the Scripps Collections, a comic book-inspired exhibit that highlights the astonishing adaptations (aka super powers) of ocean species.
Read about the new exhibit in the San Diego Union-Tribune: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/science/sd-me-birch-oddities-07032018-story.html
June 29, 2018
Oddities: Hidden Heroes of the Scripps Collections is now open to the public! Many from the SIO community also attended this evening's special 21+ event, Sunset and Superheroes.
June 28, 2018
For the first time, UCSD hosted the 16th Annual USA Biology Olympiad (USABO) National Finals, a 10-day intensive training program for the top 20 high school biology student finalists in this national competition. Curator Greg Rouse taught a lecture and laboratory session on Invertebrate Biodiversity, Anatomy, and Physiology, and the students toured the Benthic Invertebrate Collection and Pelagic Invertebrate Collection. To all the finalists and their mentors, Kathy Frame and Bill Li, congratulations and thank you!
Another round of congratulations to the four students selected as Team USA 2018 Gold Medalists: Lucy Chen, Mounds View High School, MN; Allen Huang, Canyon Crest Academy, CA; Alexander Tsao, Troy High School, CA and; Jason Yang, West Windsor-Plainsboro High School, NJ.
June 26-27, 2018
For the launch of the Birch Aquarium's newest exhibit, Oddities: Hidden Heroes of the Scripps Collections, collection managers Charlotte, Alex, Ben, and Linsey joined Birch Aquarium Director Harry Helling and Exhibits, Education, and Development teams at two special events: the VIP Opening Night on June 26 for donors and community friends, and the Member Preview on June 27. We are grateful for all the guests' enthusiasm and continued support!
June 18, 2018
UCSD master's student Emily McLaughlin joined BIC as a collection assistant. Emily will curate and organize specimens such as feather stars and deep-sea worms, to ensure that these valuable materials are easily accessible to the scientific community. Welcome, Emily!
June 15, 2018
Congratulations to the Class of 2018!
BIC's marine biology students Amanda Gannon, Martin Heithe, and Christy Olds celebrated their graduation at the Scripps Day ceremony today!
Special congratulations to Amanda Gannon for earning the 2018 Outstanding Undergraduate Award in Marine Biology!
June 15, 2018
Happy Scripps Day!
The four Scripps Oceanographic Collections enjoyed hosting our annual Open House, where the entire Scripps community was invited to tour the collections in Vaughan Hall. Many thanks to everyone who visited! And of course, the collections are a resource for research, education, and outreach year-round, for people at Scripps and around the world. We hope the Scripps Collections might be able to support your project!
June 8-13, 2018
UCSD students Christy Olds (undergraduate) and Katelin Pedersen (undergraduate + masters) concluded their work at BIC on the Verena Tunnicliffe Collection / Collection Transfer Project. Thank you Christy and Katelin for all your hard work, and best wishes!
June 4-6, 2018
SIO collection managers Charlotte Seid (BIC), Linsey Sala (PIC), and Ben Frable (MVC) participated in the Second Annual Digital Data in Biodiversity Research Conference, hosted by iDigBio and UC Berkeley. The conference was a fantastic opportunity to learn about diverse projects and exchange ideas with biodiversity researchers and collections professionals from around the world.
June 1, 2018
BIC hosted a visit from local artist Tanya Young, whose work includes painting and scientific illustration. Thank you for visiting, and we look forward to seeing your next pieces!
Deep-Sea Amphipods Shine at the Australian National Maritime Museum's New Exhibition
The Australian National Maritime Museum has launched a new exhibition showcasing James Cameron's contributions to ocean exploration, including his record-breaking dives in the submersible DEEPSEA CHALLENGER in 2012. BIC is excited that several deep-sea amphipods from our collection are now on display, so visitors can examine specimens collected during Cameron's expedition to the deepest point of the ocean: Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench.
"Challenging the Deep" is now open in Sydney: May 29, 2018 - January 30, 2019.
Learn more: http://www.anmm.gov.au/jamescameron
May 25, 2018
As part of the French-American Doctoral Exchange on Ocean and Climate (FADEx-O), SIO invited Ph.D. students from France to visit the campus, present their research, and explore international collaborations. We enjoyed hosting the visiting students for a tour of BIC. Thank you for your enthusiasm and insightful questions! Best wishes for your continued Ph.D. research and future careers!
May 8-9, 2018
BIC hosted a visit from Dr. Alexander Ziegler at the University of Bonn, Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Ecology. Dr. Ziegler's research focuses on the anatomy and evolution of marine invertebrates, including sea urchins and octopuses. Thank you and best wishes in your research!
May 8, 2018
BIC hosted tours for 6th-8th grade students at St. Rita's School in San Diego. Thank you for visiting, and we hope you enjoyed exploring Scripps!
May 7, 2018
UCSD undergraduate Sofia Nahman joined BIC as a scientific illustrator. Sofia's accurate and informative drawings will help the Rouse lab to describe and publish new species, including a tube worm from methane seeps off Costa Rica. Welcome, Sofia!
April 27 and May 4, 2018
BIC hosted tours for San Diego Mesa College's biology class and STEM Community Scholars. Thank you for all the great questions, and we hope you enjoyed your visit!
April 26, 2018
Collection Manager Charlotte Seid presented at a scientist panel and a booth at the Birch Aquarium's Exploring Ocean STEM Careers Night. It was great to meet so many curious and enthusiastic young learners!
April 16, 2018
BIC hosted tours for the SEACAMP 2018 instructors, organized by Director Phil Zerofski, and the UCSD Retirement Association, organized by former Pelagic Invertebrate Collection Manager Annie Townsend. Thank you to both enthusiastic audiences!
April 4, 2018
New publication! Curator Greg Rouse and collaborators at the University of Copenhagen described two new species of tiny sand-dwelling worms, one named for SIO's founding benefactor Ellen Browning Scripps (Trilobodrilus ellenscrippsae) and one named for our local Windansea Beach (T. windansea).
Two new meiofaunal species of Trilobodrilus (Dinophilidae, Annelida) from California, USA
Read the UCSD press release: https://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/pressrelease/species_named_for_scripps_founding_benefactor
Read the scientific publication: http://www.europeanjournaloftaxonomy.eu/index.php/ejt/article/viewFile/549/1250
Scripps researchers are discovering new species every year. We offer opportunities for donors to choose the name of a newly discovered species, perhaps after yourself or a loved one. Learn more about our Name a Species Program! https://scripps.ucsd.edu/giving/name-new-species.
March 23, 2018
BIC hosted a visit from Prof. Cynthia Chris from the Department of Media Culture at the City University of New York. Prof. Chris' research interests include media history and critical animal studies, and one of her upcoming projects will focus on crabs from a historical and cultural perspective. Thank you, Prof. Chris, for touring the collection, and best wishes in your research!
March 15, 2018
Curator Greg Rouse and Collection Manager Charlotte Seid hosted a visit from the Bohn family, who are supporters of the Benthic Invertebrate Collection and whalefall research. The Bohns are also namesakes of a recently described deep-sea worm species with golden spines, Micospina aureobohnorum. Thank you Jeff, Brenda, and Ian!
March 14, 2018
BIC hosted a tour for marine biology students from Dixie State University. We hope you enjoyed the sampling of deep-sea and coastal California biodiversity!
March 2, 2018
New publication! Our collaborator Dr. Tatsu Yamaguchi, SIO Geological Collections Curator Dr. Dick Norris, and colleagues collected and described fossil ostracods (small crustaceans sometimes known as "seed shrimp") from deep-sea sediments in the North Atlantic Ocean.
Data report: late Eocene–early Oligocene ostracods at IODP Site U1411, off Newfoundland, North Atlantic
March 1, 2018
BIC hosted tours for students at High Tech Elementary School. We hope you enjoyed learning about animal adaptations and how collections of preserved specimens can help scientists around the world.
February 27, 2018
UCSD undergraduate Arnold Bantug joined BIC as a volunteer to update, catalog, and rehouse specimens, beginning with the ~13,000 lots in our mollusk section. Arnold's work will ensure that our specimens are digitally discoverable for research and stay in good shape for long-term preservation. Welcome, Arnold!
February 23, 2018
SIO welcomed prospective graduate students for the annual Open House, including a tour of BIC and the other Oceanographic Collections. Best of luck to our visitors in the next steps of their academic paths.
February 22, 2018
Recent UCSD graduate Nicole Hammonds joined BIC as a volunteer to curate specimen photos from our 2017 Costa Rica expedition so these images will be available to scientists around the world. Welcome, Nicole!
February 15, 2018
BIC hosted tours for a breakfast event recognizing the E.W. Scripps Associates, Friends of the Collections, and Friends of the Birch Aquarium. Thank you so much to our wonderful donors for your support of our work, from daily collection maintenance to ambitious expeditions, and for your advocacy about the importance of understanding and protecting the oceans.
February 5, 2018
New publication! Curator Greg Rouse and collaborators described 14 new species of bone-eating worms, which are able to digest the skeletons of dead whales and other animals. The various new species include many shapes, sizes, and colors, including the plump Osedax jabba, named for its resemblance to the Star Wars character Jabba the Hutt.
An inordinate fondness for Osedax (Siboglinidae: Annelida): Fourteen new species of bone worms from California
January 27, 2018
BIC hosted the 22nd Annual Meeting of the Southern California Unified Malacologists (SCUM XXII). We heard 17 presentations, hosted tours of BIC and Scripps Pier, and welcomed 37 attendees, including faculty, researchers, collections professionals, students, shell collectors, and amateur malacologists. You can see the group photo, meeting program, and other details here. Thank you, everyone, for an exciting and productive gathering! We look forward to attending SCUM XXIII at Cal Poly Pomona in 2019!
January 26, 2018
BIC hosted a tour for students at High Tech Middle School. We hope you enjoyed learning about marine biodiversity and exploring your interests in stomatopods!
January 25, 2018
BIC hosted a visit from Prof. Megan Davis, Associate Executive Director for Academic Affairs & Economic Development at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. Thank you for an excellent meeting and discussion!
January 16, 2018
BIC hosted a tour for the SIO undergraduate marine biology majors in Prof. Brian Palenik's class, SIO 139: Current Research in Marine Biology. Thank you for your interest, and we hope the Collection can support the next steps in your education and research!