Latest News

May - June, 2017

Curator Greg Rouse and Collection Manager Charlotte Seid join the R/V Atlantis AT37-13 Costa Rica Margin Expedition to study life at methane seeps and how these unique ecosystems influence the broader ocean.

You can follow the "ROC HITS" Expedition (Research Of Cold Seeps & How They Influence The Sea) on Facebook:

The scientific team and our on-board artist Lily Simonson will be posting updates and photos during the cruise.


April 24 - May 9, 2017

Curator Greg Rouse visits the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia to study coral reefs in the Red Sea.


April 14, 2017

BIC hosted tours for third grade students in Ms. Boyle's class during their visit to SIO. Thanks, future ocean stewards, for the great questions and enthusiasm!


April 3, 2017

UCSD undergraduate students Christy and Kaila join BIC to help catalog our newest hydrothermal vent specimens from Verena Tunnicliffe's collection. Welcome Christy and Kaila!


March 2017

An exciting month of visitors! BIC hosted tours for the Friends of the Birch Aquarium, the Chancellor's Associates, three high school groups with the Scripps Community Outreach Program for Education (SCOPE), and scientists from National Sun Yat-Sen University. We hope you enjoyed learning about biodiversity and how collections help research and education around the world. Thanks for visiting!


February 25-26, 2017

During two all-day cruises on the R/V Robert Gordon Sproul, the undergraduate and graduate students in Curator Greg Rouse's SIO184: Marine Invertebrates class explored, collected, and identified local marine life off Coronado Bank, with the help of Collection Manager Charlotte Seid, SIO PIC Collection Manager Linsey Sala, SIO MVC Collection Manager Ben Frable, and the R/V Sproul crew. The specimens will be catalogued into the respective SIO collections, and some will be further identified using DNA sequencing. You can see the students' observations and background research on the Encyclopedia of Life ( and some of our specimen photos on iNaturalist (


February 17, 2017

BIC welcomed prospective graduate students for a tour and activities at the SIO Open House.


February 8, 2017

BIC hosted two high school tours with the Scripps Community Outreach Program for Education (SCOPE). We hope you enjoyed learning about biodiversity and how collections help research and education around the world. Thanks for visiting!


January 31, 2017

We've linked to the new-and-growing educational website "Starry Deep Sea" featuring the intriguing marine species and latest research on mysterious deep-sea ecosystems.


January 28, 2017

At the Southern California Unified Malacologists Annual Meeting, held at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Collection Manager Charlotte Seid presented on the scientific and educational resources available at BIC.


January 9, 2017

Collection Manager Charlotte Seid joins BIC.


August 2015
NSF Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR) award to the Benthic Invertebrate Collection

The project is proposed to continue to build the SIO-BIC as a hub for eastern Pacific reference collections from reducing deep-sea ecosystems (hydrothermal vents, methane seeps and whale falls). We propose to incorporate two large biological reference collections made from through decades of work and multiple field programs. This material provides a major resource for study of future change, systematics, and ecological assemblages in reducing environments. The collections extend back in time providing important baseline data for biodiversity of the regions sampled. 


May 29, 2013
More Antarctic invertebrates join the collection

The 2013 Scotia Arc expedition was conducted in February 2013, and various Antarctic invertebrates are now delivered to the collection. This expedition took a journey along the northern part of the Scotia Arc, the series of islands and ridges that track where Antarctica and South America used to join. The research aims to understand whether animals also use these places as a series of ‘stepping stones’ to travel between these continents. This is the second expedition to the area. Researchers plan to work on collected invertebrate animals and use the power of DNA to estimate how far these animals travel. This will help us determine if their movement patterns change in the future, when Antarctica might be warmer and different.