Archived Announcements

---------- Announcements 2017 ----------

December 22, 2017

BIC hosted a tour for the Pickard family. Thank you for visiting and for your enthusiasm and insightful questions!


December 20, 2017

We've launched a new webpage for our ongoing Collection Transfer Project.


December 19, 2017

BIC hosted a tour for visiting parents of UCSD students. We enjoy supporting undergraduate and graduate classes with BIC specimens, and we appreciate all that students contribute to the collection!


November 21, 2017

BIC hosted a tour for the Urban Corps Charter School. We hope you enjoyed the visit to SIO!


November 20-29, 2017

Researcher Nicolas Mongiardino Koch from Yale University visited SIO to conduct research on sea urchins with Curator Greg Rouse.


November 9-19, 2017

Curator Greg Rouse visited the National University of Singapore to collect and identify local polychaete worms and to judge an international science project competition for high school students.


October 26, 2017

Welcome to the first-year Ph.D. students at SIO! The four collection managers Linsey (Pelagic Invertebrates), Ben (Marine Vertebrates), Alex (Geological), and Charlotte (Benthic Invertebrates) presented at the weekly graduate seminar to introduce SIO's newest scholars to all the resources that the collections have to offer.


October 20, 2017

At the Birch Aquarium's "Haunted Aquarium" celebration for families, Collection Manager Charlotte Seid presented a booth with Halloween-themed specimens for more than 700 visitors of all ages.


October 17 - November 8, 2017

Dr. Fredrik Pleijel from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, visited SIO to conduct research on polychaete worm phylogeny with Curator Greg Rouse.


October 12, 2017

The SIO Collections curators and managers joined SIO Director Dr. Margaret Leinen and Birch Aquarium Executive Director Harry Helling at the Annual Membership Appreciation Breakfast, celebrating the discoveries and accomplishments this year that were made possible by our generous supporters belonging to the E.W. Scripps Associates, Friends of the Birch Aquarium, and Friends of the Collections.


October 10, 2017

Some of our hydrothermal vent and methane seep specimens traveled on a "field trip" to Mission Bay Senior High School, where students in Mr. Steve Walters' biology class learned about chemosynthetic ecosystems in the deep sea and observed these rare specimens firsthand.


September 29, 2017

Fall Quarter is off to a great start! The undergraduates in Prof. Ron Burton's Introduction to Marine Biology course saw a preview of the ocean's incredible biodiversity with some outsized demonstration specimens from BIC, including the giant isopod Bathynomus giganteus and the Antarctic scaleworm Eulagisca gigantea.


September 8, 2017

UCSD undergraduate Mackenzie Brandt concluded her summer volunteer term at BIC. Thank you Mackenzie for helping to catalog seashells from the Stephanie Prince Collection.


August 18, 2017

Mikayla McCarthy, our visiting undergraduate from UMass Boston, concluded her summer internship at BIC. She was a tremendous help to the collection: inventorying, rehousing, and reorganizing 1,000+ sea stars (Asteroidea), as well as entering data and safely repackaging 400+ diverse seashells (Bivalvia, Gastropoda). Thank you Mikayla for all your hard work, and best wishes this fall semester back in Boston!


August 17, 2017

Collection managers Charlotte (BIC), Linsey (PIC), Alex (Geological), and Ben (MVC) gave presentations on the R/V Sally Ride for an evening with members of the San Diego Yacht Club. We had a fantastic time discussing how our four Oceanographic Collections support scientific discoveries and education at Scripps and beyond. We truly enjoyed showing off some of our favorite specimens and meeting so many people who share our dedication to exploring and conserving the ocean.


August 9, 2017

The Birch Aquarium summer camp interns visited BIC for a tour and career chat about life as a Scripps scientist. Many thanks for making the camp such a success, and best wishes in your next steps in marine science!


August 5, 2017

The new Master of Advanced Studies students in the Marine Biodiversity and Conservation program joined Curator Greg Rouse for a day cruise on R/V Robert Gordon Sproul, off San Diego. The students collected and identified 39 specimens that have been deposited at BIC, including a potential new species (stay tuned!).


August 4, 2017

Josefin Stiller in Curator Greg Rouse's lab defended her Ph.D. thesis on the systematics of seadragons. Congratulations, Dr. Stiller!


July 28, 2017

Johanna Lindgren in Curator Greg Rouse's lab defended her master's thesis on the phylogeny, biogeography, and systematics of Branchipolynoe (Polynoidae, Annelida) from Costa Rican methane seeps. Congratulations, Johanna!


July 27, 2017

BIC hosted a tour for the Birch Aquarium’s Summer Learning Adventure Camp. Thanks, campers, for the enthusiastic observations and questions!


July 20, 2017

UCSD undergraduate student Katelin joined BIC to help catalog our newest hydrothermal vent specimens from Verena Tunnicliffe's collection. Welcome, Katelin!


July 15 - 17, 2017

Collection Manager Charlotte Seid presented a poster and joined discussions on digitizing our mollusk holdings at the iDigBio Mollusk Digitization Workshop, held at the University of Delaware.


July 12, 2017

BIC hosted a tour for the new SIO MAS (master's program) students. Welcome and good luck with your studies!


July 11 and 26, 2017

BIC hosted a tour for high school students in SIO's Academic Connections classes, designed and taught by UCSD doctoral students. We hope you learned a lot and enjoyed this peek into the university experience!


July 10, 2017

UCSD undergraduate students Amanda and Martin joined BIC to help catalog our newest hydrothermal vent specimens from Verena Tunnicliffe's collection. Welcome, Martin and Amanda!


July 6, 2017

Dr. Nerida Wilson from the Western Australian Museum visited BIC to conduct research on sponges (Porifera) and Antarctic invertebrates.


July 5, 2017

Prof. Julia Sigwart from Queen's University Belfast, currently on sabbatical at UC Berkeley, visited BIC to conduct research on chitons (Polyplacophora).


June 29, 2017

BIC hosted a tour for the Birch Aquarium’s Summer Learning Adventure Camp. Thanks, campers, for the enthusiastic observations and questions!


June 28, 2017

Nicole Yen in Curator Greg Rouse's lab defended her master's thesis, "Phylogeny, biogeography, and systematics of Pacific vent, seep, and whalefall Parougia (Dorvilleidae, Annelida), with 8 new species." Congratulations, Nicole!


June 19, 2017

Visiting undergraduate Mikayla McCarthy from UMass Boston joined BIC for a summer internship. Welcome Mikayla!


June 16, 2017

BIC celebrated Scripps Day with displays in the Vaughan Hall courtyard and the Development Office library! We hope you enjoyed exploring the oceanographic collections and other amazing resources at Scripps!


May 16 - June 13, 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.


May 15, 2017

UCSD undergraduate Kaila Pearson concluded her spring quarter at BIC. Thank you Kaila for your hard work, and congratulations on graduating!


May 12, 2017

UCSD undergraduate Mackenzie Brandt joined BIC to help catalog our mollusk collection. Welcome Mackenzie!

BIC hosted a tour for high school marine biology students visiting from Tucson, AZ.


April 24 - May 9, 2017

Curator Greg Rouse visited 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 joined 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 some 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 joined BIC.


---------- Previous Announcements ----------


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. 

Learn more about this project here.


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.