Krinsk Research Advancement Initiative

Prof. Stuart Sandin diving over coral.

Dear Friends,

In its 107-year history, Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego has made the world both better and more aware. The contributions of its scientists and their students are sometimes heralded but more often intangible.

A scientist can devote years of his or her life in pursuit of a single piece of knowledge critical to a larger set of knowledge that affects us and generations to come in starkly relevant ways. A researcher's skills and selfless devotion to a task is rewarded in the pursuit of discovery rather than the attainment of recognition.

These pursuits are unpredictable. They diverge as the data arrive. If the tools are not at hand to pursue paths less traveled and previously unnoticed, discovery stalls. We are pleased and honored to join you in this research advancement initiative, instituted to provide the most tangible of support—in the form of equipment and supplies and student stipends, upon priority and emergency—to some of the world’s most dedicated and hardworking new scientists and graduate students.

We recognize and thank you for your participation in this venture, which will be perpetuated in this listing as well as a testimonial plaque on the Scripps campus in La Jolla. Please help us grow the list!

Sincerely yours,

Marcy and Jeffrey Krinsk

Download the full Krinsk Research Advancement Initiative brochure (PDF)

Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego is committed to actively recruiting new faculty. Their energy and inno­vation is crucial to maintaining and enhancing the Scripps research enterprise. Early career Scripps researchers also inspire our amazing Scripps students, whose bright minds keep this century-old institution on the cutting edge of ocean and earth science. Supporting the research of our new scientists is a top priority for Scripps.

Learn about what some of our new Scripps scientists and students are investigating and how you can help support their research:

Jennifer E. Smith (PDF)
Coral Conservation - Changing the Tide
Assistant Professor in Marine Ecology and Conservation
Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

Todd Martz (PDF)
Sensing the Oceans - Tools of the Trade
Assistant Professor of Marine Chemistry
Geosciences Research Division

Amro Hamdoun (PDF)
Sea Urchin Defenses - How Embryos Survive Under Stress
Assistant Professor of Biology
Marine Biology Research Division

Stuart Sandin (PDF)
Paradise Redefined - Revisiting a Vanishing World
Marine Ecologist
Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

Helen Amanda Fricker (PDF)
High Seas - Glacial Lakes and Sea-level Rise
Associate Professor
Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics

Dave Stegman (PDF)
Plates and Planets - Clues to the Origins of Earth
Assistant Professor of Geophysics
Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics

Greg Roberts (PDF)
Up in the Air - Putting Aerosol Tracking Tools to the Test
Associate Research Atmospheric Scientist
Climate, Atmospheric Science, and Physical Oceanography

Mark Ohman (PDF)
Plankton Ecosystems - The Future of Marine Food Webs
Professor of Biological Oceanography
Integrative Oceanography Division

Neal Driscoll (PDF)
Geohazards - Assessing a Global Threat
Professor of Geology
Geosciences Research Division

To learn more about how you can support the Krinsk Research Advancement Initiative, contact Stuart Krantz at 858-822-1405 or