Teaching and Outreach

Oceanographic Collections materials are widely used in classroom teaching at the University of California San Diego (UCSD).

  • Selected graduate courses taught at Scripps that make heavy use of the Collections include:
    • SIO 271 Marine Zooplankton
    • SIO 294 Biology of Fishes
    • SIO 184 Marine Invertebrates
    • SIO 101 California Coast Oceanography
    • SIO 134 Introduction to Biological Oceanography
    • SIO 136 Marine Biology Laboratory
    • BIEB 135 Aquatic Ecology
    • SIO 275A Benthic Ecology
    • SIO 290 Marine Biology
    • SIO 240 Marine Geology
    • SIO 102 Introduction to Geochemistry
    • SIO 104/255 Paleobiology and History of Life
    • SIO 294 Biology of Fishes
  • Classes from other colleges and universities also regularly visit the collections.

Informing Governmental Agencies

The Oceanographic Collections provide support services to a number of governmental agencies at Federal, State, and local levels including the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), US Customs, California Department of Fish and Game, and San Diego Parks:

  • Taxonomic expertise is furnished for the accurate identification of fishes and marine invertebrates
  • Provision of expert testimony in courts of law

Public Outreach

The Oceanographic Collections participate in outreach education at all levels. Activities include:

  • Public tours and Open Houses
  • Public presentations
  • Answering public requests for information and advice
  • Support of K-12 education through on site class visits, off-campus lectures to classes and loans of study materials to teachers
  • Support of the Birch Aquarium at Scripps
  • Educational websites such as Starry Deep Sea, highlighting marine species and discoveries