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We are a marine biology laboratory at Scripps Institution of Oceanography with two goals:

  • UNDERSTAND how marine organisms interact with their environment
  • DISSEMINATE our knowledge to the scientific and public communities

Our specific areas of study include bioluminescence and fluorescence, plankton biology, and ecotoxicology.

Overview of Scripps

Scripps Institution of Oceanography was founded in 1903 and today occupies 230 acres mostly along the Pacific coastline. More than 300 scientists conduct basic and applied research covering all facets of the ocean, earth, and atmospheric sciences. The graduate program in Marine Sciences currently enrolls 241 students. The Birch Aquarium at Scripps is a self-supporting educational resource for the region and receives more than 340,000 visitors annually.


For updated information, including publications and a new bioluminescence blog, visit the Latz Scripps Scholars site.

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Web site established in 1995


Scripps Institution of Oceanography
One of the largest and oldest marine science centers in the world.

Marine Biology Research Division at Scripps
Representing the fields of cell and developmental biology, ecology and evolutionary biology, microbiology, and physiology.

Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Featuring live marine organisms and science exhibits, it is the public exploration center for Scripps.

University of California San Diego
One of the top public research universities in the U.S., UCSD was founded in 1960 by then Scripps director Roger Revelle.