A storm with 80 mph winds once forced Hubert Staudigel to stay in his tent for eight straight days during a research expedition to Mount Erebus, an active volcano on that frigid continent. “We couldn’t create heat because it would have melted ice on the tent, causing it to rain inside,” said Staudigel, a geophysicist at UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla. In the past, the public rarely heard about the triumphs and travails of Scripps’ scientists, who work everywhere from Earth’s two poles to the deserts of Africa to the deepest reaches of the Pacific. That’s about to change. Scripps operates the nearby Birch Aquarium, which is undergoing a major makeover designed to give the institution the ability to broadly showcase its field research, including work conducted on its research ships.