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Features May 2004: Volume 1, Number 2
   

Welcome to Scripps Around the Globe
by Raymond Hardie

Photography by permission of Scripps Institution of Oceanography

 
     

 

Above: Exploring the Blue Planet Researchers Edwin Beckenbach, Eric Terrill, ’93, and Axel Pierson speed toward Mexico’s Coronado Island. Their research is part of the Southern California Ocean Observing System monitoring program.

UCSD’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography is in the news so frequently that it is difficult to find enough space in @UCSD to cover its many research breakthroughs and discoveries. After Katrina, Scripps scientists found themselves on the front lines of the Global Warming debate, and more recently Scripps announced a $24 million cooperation with the Venter Institute to create with UCSD’s Calit2 the Community Cyberinfrastructure for Advanced Marine Microbial Ecology Research and Analysis (CAMERA). From earthquake research to the search for new genes and new medicines, Scripps researchers are leaders in their fields. And their research takes them across the globe from the frozen wastes of Antarctica to the boiling summits of volcanoes. So how to convey the scope and breadth of that global reach?

We thought a few pictures would be worth a few thousand words.

1. Ice Takes its Toll
The bell on the research vessel Roger Revelle freezes in the frigid waters off Antarctica.

2. Baja Fry
Students from the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur assist marine ecologist Enric Sala collect and measure juvenile fishes in Mexico.

3. Iron Island
Scripps Oceanography’s 355-foot-long Floating Instrument Platform (FLIP) flips from horizontal to vertical becoming a stable spar-buoy for conducting research.

4. Cool Job
Scientists Haili Wang and Rick Reynolds prepare instruments aboard the National Science Foundation’s research vessel Laurence M. Gould in the Drake Passage of Antarctica’s Southern Ocean.

5. Solar Ice
Scripps seismologist Dennis Darnell installs a solar-powered seismometer package and GPS antenna to record movements of Antarctica’s soon-to-be iceberg, Loose Tooth.

6. Net Worth
Graduate student Cynthia Taylor, ’04, encounters a rockfish on a sampling dive off San Diego’s Point Loma.

7. Hot Stuff
To better understand chemical cycles in seismic zones, geochemist David Hilton takes measurements at a summit crater of the active volcano Mount Poás in Costa Rica.

8. Can I Help?
A penguin watches as research physiologist Gerald Kooyman documents the emperor penguin colony at Beaufort Island, Antarctica.

9. Meditative Moment
Physical Oceanography Research Division principal investigator Dr Daniel Rudnick watches the sunrise from the fantail of the research vessel Roger Revelle.

 

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