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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.


From left to right: Julie Barrett Heffington, Merritt Taylor, Lisa Rose, Harriet Deck, Freny Cooper, Gary Griggs, Rita Prindle

Board of Directors Executive Committee

  • Rita Prindle, President
  • Harriet Deck, Vice President, Special Gifts/Membership co-chair
  • David Morrell, Past President
  • Freny Cooper, Member-at-large, Marketing chair
  • Merritt Taylor, Member-at-large, Sponsorship chair




Board Members

  • Katherine Beiers
  • Ken Bloome
  • Dan Blunk
  • Susan Bosso
  • Michael Clark
  • Freny Cooper
  • Harriet Deck
  • Shirley Ginzburg
  • Virginia Guhin
  • Jack Harkness
  • Doug Hessel
  • Jo Lynne Jones
  • Susan Karon
  • Jane McKenzie
  • Wendy Morgan
  • David Morrell
  • Steven Penrose
  • Cathy Richards-Bradley
  • John Rusev
  • Scott Smith
  • Merritt Taylor

Committee Members

  • Lynn Davidson
  • Lori Lux
  • Kate Roberts

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
  • Phyllis 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
  • Lisa M. Rose, Director, Friends of Long Marine Lab

Learn more about our board members.

Days & Hours

Tuesday - Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM


What's New!

Science Sunday:
The Extreme Life of the Sea

Sunday, September 21
Join biologist Steve Palumbi and author Anthony Palumbi, for unforgettable stories of some of the most marvelous life forms on Earth––the fastest and deepest, the hottest and oldest creatures of the oceans. You'll be amazed!

Moon Jellies
Come marvel up close at these fascinating marine creatures.

Wharf Tours
Take a tour a half-mile out to sea—without leaving the shore



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