The Geosciences Research Division (GRD) is home to a diverse set of academics and staff whose interests cover a wide variety of topics in the atmospheric, marine and solid Earth sciences. In many cases, these topics are cross-disciplinary but they include essential components of the following core themes: the geochemistry of the solid, liquid and gaseous Earth, cosmochemistry (meteorites, asteroids and other planetary bodies), paleoceanography and paleoclimate, stratigraphy and sedimentology, geobiology and paleoecology, global and regional tectonics, paleomagnetism and hydrogeology. Research activities encompass modeling studies, laboratory experiments, and field-based expeditions, including ship-time, with GRD members taking full advantage of the extensive research facilities on offer within the division and at SIO.

In the following panels, we invite you to explore the types of research carried out at GRD, how we fund it, and the publications that result from our endeavors. In many cases, our research activities lead directly to education and outreach opportunities. People are the most important part of GRD and you can find us conveniently listed in alphabetical order below. Business-related questions and how to contact and find us round off the links.


GRD News

Scripps' Shang-Ping Xie led study on the cover of the Oct. 2015 issue of Nature Climate Change. Image courtesy of Nature Around the Pier: UC San Diego Top Institution in United States for Environmental and Earth Sciences
Science journal Nature ranks campus fourth-leading institution in the world based on published research
From left, Yui Takeshita of Scripps, Wendy Schmidt, and David Murphy of Sea-Bird Scientific Team DuraFET Awarded $250,000 in Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE
Collaborative effort recognized for development of pH sensors for ocean acidification monitoring
A group of students and professors in the desert. Around the Pier: Desert Splendor
Interdisciplinary exploration course challenges UC San Diego and Scripps Oceanography students to consider the cultural, historical, and geological value of the desert
Bottlenose Dolphin Research Highlight: The Dolphin Sentinels
Tales told in marine mammal’s blubber lead to a new library of chemicals in our ocean food web
Collecting rock and fluid samples from Iceland during a 2007 research trip

Explore the world of GRD research

Administrative contacts and roles

A friction apparatus used to study earthquakes and fault weakening in a Nature paper authored by Scripps Professors Kevin Brown and Yuri Fialko.

GRD Resources and Facilities

GRD Education and Outreach


Fax and Addresses for GRD