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The University of California, Santa Cruz, is on the forefront of marine science research and education. Set on the edge of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the nation's largest marine sanctuary, the campus provides student and scientists who seek to study the ocean and its life a unique opportunity to pursue their dreams and ambitions.

The Institute of Marine Sciences (IMS), an Organized Research Unit (ORU) of the University of California, has the responsibility to encourage, facilitate, develop, and support facilities to enhance marine science research and education, attract extramural funds, and foster mutally productive relationships between the University and federal and state government agencies, as well as other non-governmental marine organizations.

The coastal zone is where complex geological, chemical, physical, and biological interactions occur. Its accessibility also makes it the most heavily impacted marine environment worldwide. Diverse human activities, including ocean dumping, wastewater disposal, non-point pollution, as well as fishing and recreation, all have a hand in determining the health of the nearshore environment. Ocean health is becoming a critical national and international issue and is a focus of the Institute of Marine Sciences.

The Institute of Marine Sciences is composed of faculty & researchers who are grouped into informal cluster groups according to their general area of study; staff, and students also conduct their research under the shared focus of the institute, both on campus in the Earth and Marine Sciences Building and at the Long Marine Laboratory Marine Science Campus, a few miles away on the coast. Long Marine Lab welcomes the public to its Seymour Marine Discovery Center where the endeavors of institute scientists are interpreted for visitors from around the world. The Institute of Marine Sciences invites you to explore the many opportunities available to conduct marine research with UCSC at locations around the Monterey Bay region and throughout the world.

NOTE: If you are a prospective student, and are interested in pursuing an undergraduate degree in Marine Biology, please go to UCSC Admissions: Marine Biology Major.


IMS is proud to be a member of:

• The Consortium for Ocean Leadership
Monterey Bay Crescent Ocean Research Consortium (MBCORC)
IODP Management International, Inc. (IMI)



Are you interested in gaining marine science or other biological research or fieldwork experience? Check out the Volunteer/Internship Opportunities list. [more]




Download a copy of the IMS Brochure



University of California, Santa Cruz

Headquarters (On Main UCSC Campus)
Earth & Marine Sciences Building Rm A317
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
(831) 459-2464

Long Marine Laboratory/Center for Ocean Health (Off Campus)
100 Shaffer Road
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 459-2883

Seymour Marine Discovery Center at Long Marine Laboratory
100 Shaffer Road
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 459-3800

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Directions to LML/Seymour Center

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