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Scripps Department Office


Scripps Department Office

The Scripps Department Office is located on the second floor of the Old Scripps Building.
Office hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00am -12:00pm and 1:00pm - 4:30pm

Mailing address:
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive, Mail Code 0208
La Jolla, CA 92093-0208

If you are using a secondary courier (UPS or FedEx deliveries):
Old Scripps Building, Room 22
8630 Kennel Way
La Jolla, CA 92037

If you are looking for Scripps using an internet mapping guide:
8630 Discovery Way
La Jolla, CA 92037

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Graduate Program

For general graduate program questions and admissions information, please contact the department by phone at 858-534-1694, or by email at


Graduate Program Contacts

Denise Darling, Department Manager

Gilbert Bretado, Graduate Coordinator
Admissions, Ph.D. advising, doctoral committees, advancement to candidacy and defenses, orientation, recruitment and outreach, diversity coordinator

TBD, Graduate Coordinator (contact Gilbert or Maureen McCormack)
Master's advising, Open House, grades, enrollment, petitions, verification letters, teaching assistantships, financial aid coordination

Maureen McCormack, Graduate Student Financial Support
Graduate student financial support: fellowships, scholarships, traineeships, employment, financial planning, financial aid coordination and advising

Maureen McGreevy, Financial Affairs
Financial administrator: student travel and seminar reimbursement, purchase orders, faculty start-up funds

Leslie Costi, Academic Personnel Specialist
Staff HR for the SIO Department, faculty recruitment, academic personnel files (lecturers)

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Department Chair and Program Directors

Dr. Brian Palenik, Chair and Deputy Director for Education

Dr. Lisa Tauxe, Program Director, Scripps Department Education

Dr. Cathy Constable, Vice Chair and Program Director, Geosciences of the Earth, Oceans, and Planets (GEO)

Dr. Daniel Rudnick, Program Director, Climate-Ocean-Atmosphere Program (COAP)

Dr. Greg Rouse, Program Director, Ocean Biosciences Program (OBP)


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Scripps Ombuds Contacts

Dr. Peter Franks, Ombudsperson

Dr. Lynne Talley, Ombudsperson

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Graduate Admissions Chairs

Climate-Ocean-Atmosphere Program (COAP)

Applied Ocean Science - Dr. Dariusz Stramski

Climate Sciences - Dr. Shang-Ping Xie

Physical Oceanography - Dr. Falk Feddersen

Geosciences of the Earth, Oceans, and Planets (GEO)

Geophysics - Dr. Adrian Borsa

Geosciences - Dr. Paterno Castillo

Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry - Dr. Andrew Dickson and Dr. Andreas Andersson
858-822-2990, and 858-822-2486,

Ocean Biosciences Program (OBP)

Biological Oceanography - Dr. Michael Landry and Dr. James Leichter
858-534-4702, and 858-822-5330,

Marine Biology - Dr. Jennifer Taylor

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Undergraduate Program

For general program questions, please contact the Undergraduate office at 858-822-4604.  The Undergraduate Office is located on the Revelle College campus at UC San Diego, in Galbraith Hall (mail code 0328).  For information on admissions, please visit UC San Diego Admissions.


Undergraduate Program Contacts

Please note that all academic advising questions (for current students) are now handled via the Virtual Advisor.


Dr. Cathy Constable, Director of Earth Science Majors

Dr. Brian Palenik, Director of Marine Biology Majors

Dr. Jane Teranes, Associate Director and Lecturer
Student advising, oversees directed research efforts for undergraduates, directs the internship program, also teaches an undergraduate seminar, SIO 90: Perspectives on Ocean Sciences

Josh Reeves, Administrative Director
Program administration and student services, teaching assistantships

Sidney Eads, Student Affairs Officer
Student services and assisting in program administration, maintains student records, administrative support for courses, and student advising

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