The ocean is facing myriad threats including stressors to ecosystems from a changing climate, overfishing, pollution, and more. Finding solutions to mitigate or adapt to these changes will require interdisciplinary research and education—and a place to house this collaborative and cutting-edge science.
Enter the Ted and Jean Scripps Marine Conservation and Technology Facility at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Perched upon a hillside with sweeping ocean views, this newly opened facility will facilitate future discoveries and train the next generation of scientists.
Located on the north entrance to Scripps Oceanography, the 40,410-gross-square-foot facility will be the primary location of the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (CMBC) at Scripps. The center employs an interdisciplinary approach to education of future leaders in marine stewardship, and to research to understand and maintain the integrity of ocean ecosystems in the face of rapid climate change.
A 100-seat lecture hall, and two state-of-the-art class laboratories, supplied with temperature-controlled seawater, will provide high-level undergraduate courses on marine biology, biological oceanography, marine ecosystems and their functioning. These instruction spaces are essential to accommodate the university’s growing enrollment in marine biology, environmental, and conservation coursework.
About Scripps Oceanography
Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego is one of the world’s most important centers for global earth science research and education. In its second century of discovery, Scripps scientists work to understand and protect the planet, and investigate our oceans, Earth, and atmosphere to find solutions to our greatest environmental challenges. Scripps offers unparalleled education and training for the next generation of scientific and environmental leaders through its undergraduate, master’s and doctoral programs. The institution also operates a fleet of four oceanographic research vessels, and is home to Birch Aquarium at Scripps, the public exploration center that welcomes 500,000 visitors each year.
About UC San Diego
At the University of California San Diego, we embrace a culture of exploration and experimentation. Established in 1960, UC San Diego has been shaped by exceptional scholars who aren’t afraid to look deeper, challenge expectations and redefine conventional wisdom. As one of the top 15 research universities in the world, we are driving innovation and change to advance society, propel economic growth and make our world a better place. Learn more at ucsd.edu.