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headshot of IMS researcher Shawn 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»

Gary Griggs Stepping Down

Gary Griggs, distinguished professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at UC Santa Cruz, has led the campus's Institute of Marine Sciences (IMS) since 1991. At the end of June, he will step down as IMS director and return to full-time teaching and research.

"I feel extremely fortunate to have been able to lead the institute over the past 26 years, through an important period of growth and productivity," Griggs said.

Peter Raimondi, professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, will take the helm as director of IMS on an interim basis starting July 1. Continue»

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