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SIO MSDS Marine Sciences Development Center

The Marine Science Development Center (MSDC) specializes in the design, development, fabrication, and assembly of oceanographic, space, and general scientific hardware from minute laser components to large-scale integrated systems. MSDC serves SIO, UCSD, various other institutions, and the private sector. Truly a one stop shop, we offer our clients a wide range of services that include, but are not limited to, the following: Additive Manufacturing, Engineering, Machining, Fabrication in house and in the field, X-ray certified welding, Inspection, Assembly, Surface coating, High vacuum expertise and Field support, deep tank, wind wave channel, glass channel, 3 pressure testing chambers, temperature/pressure testing facility, 3D printer, high precision measuring instruments plus an array of welding, CNC, lathe and other machining equipment of various sizes. Call (858) 534-2940 with any inquiries.


Type: Machine Shop
Recharge: Yes

Director: Bruce Appelgate
Contact: Ken Duff
Website: https://scripps.ucsd.edu/msdc

Welder, Wind-wave channel, Temperature/pressure chamber, 3D Printer, Glass channel
SIO MSDS Marine Biology Boating Operations

Scripps Oceanography maintains a fleet of small boats that are deployable from Scripps Pier and other local areas. The small boating program provides instruction, equipment, and operational support to faculty and students for research and instruction around our La Jolla location as well as at research sites worldwide.


Type: Ship Operations
Recharge: No

Director: Christian Mcdonald
Contact: Phil Zerofski
Website: Marine Biology Boating Operations

Boats (small)
SIO MSDS MakerSpace

The SIO MakerSpace (coming soon) located in the Hydraulics Laboratory will provide the SIO community with a shared space with traditional tooling, digital design software, rapid prototyping tools, and test facilities with an emphasis on the marine and earth sciences. It will serve as an educational space that promotes hands-on creativity and innovation, a collaborative space that fosters communication between diverse groups of people and research disciplines, and a design space for developing the next generation of scientists and engineers.
This facility will leverage decades of SIO expertise in earth science and capitalize on the existing unique recharge capabilities already present in the H-Lab (both equipment like wave channels and pressure test vessels, and the technical experience). The MakerSpace will have multiple goals:
1) Support SIO graduate and undergraduate teaching, mentoring, and self-guided discovery of new technology in a hands-on environment.
2) Provide advanced resources for shared use by SIO faculty and staff.
3) As part of the UCSD Collaboration of Likeminded Learners And Builders (COLLAB) infrastructure, it will foster educational ties between students and faculty at SIO and the UCSD campus.
Ultimately, the SIO MakerSpace will foster the training of the next generation of earth scientists and engineers across UCSD by supporting individual research, exploratory learning and capstone student projects.


Type: Facility
Recharge: No

Director: Grant Deane, Dale Stokes
Contact: Doug Alden
Website: MakerSpace

SIO SIO Scientific Diving Program

The scientific diving program at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography is one of the oldest, largest, and most active science support programs of its kind in the United States. The program trains and supports more than 150 scientists, students, technicians, and volunteers in the use of underwater techniques and technology necessary to safely conduct their research in underwater environments. The Program maintains comprehensive research support infrastructure at the La Jolla campus. Our Diving Locker is the primary scientific diving support and equipment testing facility at Scripps/UC San Diego and includes:
* Rix 4VX 20 cfm breathing gas compressor supporting air and nitrox (EANx);
* +150 steel scuba cylinders (76 ft3, 85 ft3, 95 ft3);
* Emergency Oxygen (local and extended care options) and Diving First Aid equipment; and
* Remote air test kit, CO and EANx analyzers, full face masks and communications equipment, and a host of subtidal data collection tools and technologies.
BCDs, regulators/gauges/computers, and weights may be checked out for diver training and short term use. Locker rooms and a limited number of lockers are available to support local diving operations.


Type: Diving Program
Recharge: No

Director: Christian Mcdonald
Contact: Rich Walsh
Website: https://scripps.ucsd.edu/scidive

Gas Compressor (supporting air and nitrox EANx), Scuba diving cylinders, Diving First Aid equipment, Oxygen (emergency), Air test kit (for remote use), Communications equipment, Data collection tools and technologies (subtidal), CO and EANx Analyzers, Diving full face masks
SIO SIO Keck /OAR Test Pool

Pool is 65 thousand gallon, 30' deep, below ground test tank. Salt or fresh water. Heavy duty overhead bridge crane.


Type: Facility
Recharge: No

Director: Gary Wellwood
Contact: Gary Wellwood

Overhead bridge crane, Test tank (deep)
SIO SIO Marine Vertebrate Collection

The Marine Vertebrate Collection of Scripps Institution of Oceanography maintains approximately 2 million alcohol-preserved specimens in over 120,000 lots, representing more than 5,600 species of fishes.

The Collection maintains worldwide holdings of deep-sea and pelagic fishes as well as extensive holdings of shore fishes from the entire eastern Pacific. The Collection includes primary types of over 200 species (type catalog), skeletal preparations (both dried and cleared-and-stained) for over 1,000 species (osteology catalog), otoliths from approximately 1,100 species (otolith collection), and tissues for DNA from over 1,200 species.

Collection data for approximately 116,000 lots are available on a searchable database.

The Marine Vertebrate Collection supports scientific research by providing specimens for studies on the taxonomy, evolution, and ecology of fishes. Specimens are available for examination at Scripps and for loan to researchers at recognized institutions (loan policy).


Type: Collection
Recharge: No

Director: Philip A. Hastings
Contact: Ben Frable, Collection Manager
Website: Marine Vertebrate Collection

SIO SIO Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

The Scripps Pelagic Invertebrate Collection (PIC) is among the world's preeminent collections of marine zooplankton, including more than 140,000 whole zooplankton samples containing some 108 specimens. 

Zooplankton have been collected with nets, pumps, and specialized collecting devices, over depths ranging from the neustonic layer to the bathypelagic. While most samples are stored in formaldehyde, a growing number are available in ethanol, hence suitable for DNA sequencing.  Most samples are supplemented with physical and chemical data.

The collection includes worldwide holdings with particular strengths in the Pacific, Indo-West Pacific, and Antarctic regions. The collection includes the remarkable California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations (CalCOFI) zooplankton time series, which has surveyed the California Current since 1949.

The collection houses the Fleminger Copepod and Brinton Euphausiid Libraries, which are comprised of ca. 21,500 sorted copepod specimens and the Euphausiids of the World Ocean voucher specimens for all 86 known euphausiid species. These libraries also house reprints and monographs concerning the Copepoda and Euphausiacea.

The PIC also houses several other sets of important reference specimens, including TaiSoo Park’s and C.O. Esterly’s Copepod reference collections. An additional 8,500 sorted, identified reference specimens are available for other zooplankton; micronekton taxa (e.g. Cephalopoda, Sergestidae, Pteropoda, Scyphozoa, etc.).

Collection data for all holdings are accessible on a searchable database. The PIC supports scientific research by providing specimens for studies on systematics, evolution, molecular genetics, ecology, population dynamics, climate change and other topics. Specimens are available for examination at Scripps and for loan to researchers at recognized institutions (loan policy). The Oceanographic Collections, including the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection, also support research at Scripps in addition to undergraduate and graduate courses through the University of California San Diego (UCSD)/SIO.


Type: Collection
Recharge: No

Director: Mark D. Ohman
Contact: Linsey Sala, Collection Manager
Website: Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

SIO SOMTS Oceanographic Data Facility

The Oceanographic Data Facility conducts reference-quality hydrographic data acquisition and processing in support of scientific expeditions aboard any research vessel worldwide. ODF technicians provide expert technical support at sea for CTD, rosette, and bottle sampling (2 to 30 liter); measurements of salinity, dissolved oxygen, and nutrients; calibration; and full data processing and merging services. They also provide shore-based laboratory services including precision salinity measurements, dissolved oxygen analysis, and nutrient analyses.

Major ODF seagoing equipment includes
* Sea Bird 911+ CTDs;
* 36-place single ring rosettes with 36-position SeaBird Carrousel pylons plus 10-liter ODF/Bullister bottles;
* 24-place and 12-place SeaBird Carrousel pylons, used to outfit various rosette configurations with capacities including 12 to 24 2-liter bottles, 12 to 36 10-liter bottles, or 12 30-liter bottles;
* a large inventory of Niskin type bottles (most constructed at SIO though some are from GO or other manufacturers) with nominal 2, 2.5, 3, 5, 10, and 30-liter capacities;
* fluorometers;
* PAR Surface sensors;
* CTD altimeters of several types;
* Guildline 8400A and 8400B salinometers (modified by ODF for improved performance; some have automatic data logging);
* ODF-constructed oxygen autotitrators;
* Seal Analytical AutoAnalyzer III nutrient autoanalyzers with automated data logging (one four channel, one five channel with fluorometric ammonia methods and one five channel with indophenol blue ammonia method);
* Barnstead E-Pure water purification systems;
* cart, track, and air tuggers for large rosettes;
* plus numerous other items for expedition outfitting. ODF equipment is well maintained and kept in active service.


Type: Facility
Recharge: Yes

Director: James Swift
Contact: Susan Becker
Website: STS Oceanographic Data Facility

Sea Bird 911, Rosettes, Niskin type bottles, Fluorometers, PAR Surface Sensors, CTD (conductivity, temperature, depth) with altimeter, Salinometers, Oxygen Autotitrators, Seal Analytical AutoAnalyzer, Water purification systems
SIO SOMTS Shipboard Technical Services (STS)

The Shipboard Technical Support facility provides basic and specialized oceanographic technical services for research and education aboard oceanographic research vessels. STS is composed of six functional groups (several functional groups are listed as separate facilities): the Research Marine Technicians Group (ResTechs), Computing Resources (STS-CR), the Shipboard Geophysical Group (SGG), the Oceanographic Data Facility (ODF), the Shipboard Electronics Group (SEG), and the CLIVAR & Carbon Hydrographic Data Office (CCHDO). Each group provides a distinctive set of services, and maintains and operates an inventory of oceanographic instrumentation. Hundreds of sensors, instruments, sampling systems and devices are available for worldwide use by Scripps scientists, or other scientists who sail aboard Scripps-operated research vessels.


Type: Ship Operations
Recharge: Yes

Director: Bruce Appelgate
Contact: Lee Ellett
Website: https://scripps.ucsd.edu/ships/shipboard-technical-support

SIO SOMTS Oceanographic Research Vessels

Scripps Institution of Oceanography operates major seagoing oceanographic research vessels, which are managed and available as general shared-use facilities. Each vessel features state-of-the-art research instrumentation, communications equipment, and laboratory facilities equipped to study the biology, physics, chemistry and geology of the world's oceans on cruises that may be as short as one day, or as long as two months at sea. Scripps ships are home-ported at the UCSD/SIO Nimitz Marine Facility in Point Loma, and are managed by Scripps's Ship Operations & Marine Technical Support (SOMTS) in collaboration with the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS), which provides an organizational framework through which scientists and research programs are matched and scheduled efficiently appropriate research vessels.


Type: Ship Operations
Recharge: Yes

Director: Bruce Appelgate
Contact: Liz Brenner
Website: Oceanographic Research Vessels

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