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Scripps Department Office


Scripps Department Office

The Scripps Department Office is located in the Old Scripps Building, Room 22
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; staff personnel for the SIO Department Office

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


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Department Chair and Program Directors

Dr. Lisa Tauxe, Chair and Deputy Director - Education

Dr. Doug Bartlett, Program Director, Scripps Department

Dr. Brian Palenik, Vice Chair and Program Director, Ocean Biosciences Program (OBP)

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

Dr. Neal Driscoll, Program Director, Geosciences of the Earth, Oceans, and Planets (GEO)


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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. Sarah Gille

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

Geophysics - Dr. Adrian Borsa and Dr. Kerry Key
858-534-6895, and 858-822-2975,

Geosciences - Dr. Richard Norris

Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry - Dr. Andrew Dickson

Ocean Biosciences Program (OBP)

Biological Oceanography - Dr. John Hildebrand and Dr. James Leichter
858-534-4069, and 858-822-5330,

Marine Biology - Dr. Terry Gaasterland

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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. Neal Driscoll, Director of Earth Science 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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