Though the Seymour Marine Discovery Center is part of the University of California, Santa Cruz, funding comes from sources beyond the university. The Friends of Long Marine Lab was established for this primary purpose.

The Friends of Long Marine Lab are dedicated to supporting and promoting the Seymour Marine Discovery Center at Long Marine Laboratory. Support includes raising funds to develop and maintain education programs, exhibits, and facilities, as well as for operating and staffing costs. Promotion includes working broadly in the community to raise public awareness of the center and its varied education programs.

Board of Directors Executive Committee

  • Jo Lynne Jones, President
  • Martha Seaver, Vice President
  • Dan Blunk, Past President, Nominating Chair
  • Rita Prindle, Past President, At-Large

Board Members

  • Dale Bieser
  • Dan Blunk
  • Susan Bosso
  • Pete Cartwright
  • Kenn Clark
  • Michael Clark
  • Charles Eadie
  • Shirley Ginzburg
  • Maggie Ivy
  • Jo Lynne Jones
  • Rita Prindle
  • John Rusev
  • Martha Seaver
  • Kim Steinhardt
  • Lucas Willey

Committee Members

  • Harry Blanchard
  • Lynn Davidson
  • Bob Simpkins
  • Rachael Spencer

Honorary Members of Board of Directors:

  • Brent Constantz
  • Sam Farr
  • Fred Keeley
  • John Laird
  • Frans Lanting
  • Richard Murphy
  • Leon Panetta
  • Kathy Sullivan

Emeritus Members of Board of Directors:

  • Jack Baskin
  • Ted Burke
  • Karen Cogswell
  • Charlie Gilbert
  • Jeremy Lezin
  • Bruce McPherson
  • Edie Rittenhouse
  • Bob Simpkins
  • Mary Stagnaro
  • Robert Stephens

Ex-Officio Members of Board of Directors:

  • George Blumenthal,  Chancellor, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Gary Griggs, Distinguished Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences; Director Institute of Marine Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Julie Barrett Heffington, Director, Seymour Marine Discovery Center

Learn more about our board members.

Days & Hours

Tuesday - Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM

Open every day - July and August, 10 AM to 5 PM


What Glows Below
Sunday, August 21
Join Dr. Steve Haddock, and learn of the ongoing mysteries of animals that make light in the deep ocean.

August 19, 2016
3-5 PM
Girls Scouts are invited to join the fun, learn about the Exploration Vessel Nautilus, and earn a patch at the Seymour Center!

Start planning your class field trip to the Seymour Center. Marine science field trip information and applications for the 2016-17 school year are available online now.

Interested in sharing marine science with the public? Join the Seymour Center's volunteer team as an Exhibit Guide or School Programs Instructor.

Artist in Residence
July and August, 2016
See Kayla at work, Fridays between 10 AM and 2 PM. Watch her merge art and science into illustrations and animations.

You'll see a lot of construction taking place here at the Coastal Science Campus but know, the Seymour Center is open for business as usual. Come visit!


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