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New Comic Book-Inspired Exhibit Opens 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 is launching Oddities: Hidden Heroes of the Scripps Collections, a comic book-inspired exhibit that highlights the astonishing adaptations (aka super powers) of ocean species.

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New in June!

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.

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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‚Äč

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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!


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

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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!


Archived Announcements can be viewed here.