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headshot of IMS researcher Sean NorenShawn Noren

Dr. Shawn Noren was fascinated about life in the ocean at an early age, despite her family’s meager earnings precluding her from taking a trip to the ocean until she was 8 years old. Continue»

Our Ocean Backyard

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For a glimpse of current topics of interest in marine science, browse "Our Ocean Backyard". Every other week, Gary Griggs, Director of the Institute of Marine Sciences, publishes fascinating and topical articles in the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

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Private support has been critical to the success of our marine and coastal sciences research and public education. It leverages and validates the work done with public funding, opens new doors and provides new opportunities. We are seeking significant new philanthropic investment in our programs and facilities. In addition to funding research, it is critical that we keep our facilities safe, up-to-date, and usable for our many diverse research and educational efforts. We know and deeply appreciate that it is private donors who provide the measure of support that has made possible this amazing resource of learning and discovery.