Marine Vertebrate Collection specimensPhoto:Marc Tule
Scripps Oceanographic Collections
The Oceanographic Collections of Scripps/UC San Diego are world-renowned resources supporting basic research, educating current and future generations of scientists, providing factual information to governmental agencies and public policy makers, stimulating curiosity and scientific understanding in the citizens of the state of California, and providing a repository for samples collected by Scripps researchers.
These collections provide the basis for understanding the ocean's biodiversity, changes in that biodiversity and the evolutionary history of life on earth, and the rates and characteristics of climate change.
The holdings of the Scripps collections are unique. They are irreplaceable because they record the state of the ocean environment at specific points in time. The collections are repositories of information concerning the present and past states of the world ocean, which furnish the foundation for predicting the future.