Scripps Oceanographic Collections materials are widely used in classroom teaching at the University of California San Diego (UCSD).
- At least 36 courses at Scripps and UC San Diego depend on these collection materials for classroom instruction: 20 graduate (Scripps), 6 undergraduate (UCSD Biology and Earth Sciences), and one UC extension course.
- Currently, the research of at least 8 UCSD undergraduate students, 9 Scripps graduate students and 1 postdoctoral scientist directly involves the use of these Collections. The thesis research of students at other universities is also supported.
Informing Governmental Agencies
The collections provide support services to a number of governmental agencies at federal, state, and local levels including the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), U.S. 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