Teaching + Outreach

Teaching + Outreach

Teaching + Outreach

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. Selected graduate courses taught at Scripps that make heavy use of the Collections include:
    • SIO 294 Biology of Fishes
    • SIO 271 Marine Zooplankton
    • SIO 184/284 Marine Invertebrates
    • SIO 284 Invertebrate Zoology
    • SIO 274 Marine Arthropods
    • SIO 272 Biogeography
    • SIO 271 Zooplankton Ecology
    • SIO 240 Marine Geology
    • 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 201 Geological Record of Climate Change
    • ERTH 104 Geobiology
    • ERTH 102 Introduction to Geochemistry
    • SIO 104/255 Paleobiology and History of Life
    • SIO 148/248: Evolution of Earth's Biosphere
    • SIO 255A: Top/Paleobiol & Hist of Life
    • SIO 275B: Natural Hist/Coastal Habitats
    • SIO 50: Intro/Earth&Environmental Sci
    • SIO100: Introduction to Field Methods
    • SIO 247: Rock Magnetism & Paleomagnetism
    • SIO 16: Geology of the National Parks
    • SIO170: Introduction to Volcanology
    • SIO 120: Introduction to Mineralogy
    • SIO 152: Petrology and Petrography
    • SIO 45: Volcanoes
    • SIO 105: Sedimentology & Stratigraphy
    • SIO 160: Introduction to Tectonics
    • SIO 106: Introduction to Hydrogeology
    • SIO 162: Structural Geology
    • SIO 12: History of Earth & Evolution
    • SIO 15: Natural Disasters
    • SIO 10: The Earth


  • Currently, the research of at least 20 Scripps graduate students and 7 postdoctoral scientists directly involves the use of these Collections. The thesis research of students at other universities is also supported.
  • Classes from other colleges and universities also regularly visit the collections.

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

Public Outreach

The 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