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.

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In Memory of Harriet Deck 
Harriet served on our board of directors for many years, including serving as president several times. She was our champion when it came to connecting our mission of ocean science and conservation with the people of our community. She helped make so much possible for us, and for the many organizations and individual lives she influenced.

It’s hard to imagine the Seymour Center without Harriet. She was here when we opened our doors in 2000, and a vibrant supporter for all the years prior. We were so fortunate to have had her commitment to our cause and to have had her in our lives. Although Harriet passed away this past summer, her legacy lives on in the laughter of a child touching a friendly shark––a life well lived.


Board of Directors Executive Committee

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From left to right: Heidi Whitman, David Morrell, Merritt Taylor, Jo Lynne Jones, Freny Cooper, Lisa Rose, Gary Griggs, Julie Barrett Heffington, and Dan Blunk

  • Merritt Taylor, President, Gifts and Program Sponsorship Committee co-chair
  • Dan Blunk, Vice President, Sustainability Planning Committee co-chair
  • David Morrell, Past President, Sustainability Planning Committee co-chair
  • Rita Prindle, Past President, Gifts and Program Sponsorship Committee co-chair
  • Freny Cooper, Member-at-large, Marketing Committee co-chair
  • Jo Lynne Jones, Member-at-large, Events and Event Sponsorship Committee
  • Cathy Richards Bradley, Member-at-large, Marketing Committee co-chair
Board Members

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  • Katherine Beiers
  • Ken Bloome
  • Dan Blunk
  • Susan Bosso
  • Cathy Richards Bradley
  • Kenn Clark
  • Michael Clark
  • Freny Cooper
  • Shirley Ginzburg
  • Doug Hessel
  • Steve Johnson
  • Jo Lynne Jones
  • Jane McKenzie
  • Wendy Morgan
  • David Morrell
  • Steven Penrose
  • Halimah DeLaine Prado
  • Rita Prindle
  • Cathy Richards Bradley
  • John Rusev
  • Merritt Taylor
  • Lucas Willey

Committee Members

  • Harry Blanchard
  • Lynn Davidson
  • Kate Roberts
  • Bob Simpkins
  • Scott Smith
  • Rachael Spencer
  • Konnie Warburton

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
  • Heidi Whitman, Director of Development, UC Santa Cruz Coastal Sustainability Initiative

Learn more about our board members.

Days & Hours

Tuesday - Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM
Open Mondays, July and August
Holiday Closure, July 3-4


A live television event celebrating some of the world’s most amazing marine creatures airing August 31 – September 2 at 8 PM on PBS.

September 20

Join assistant professor Eric Palkovacs as he describes the way humans are shaping evolution on our planet today, through his work focusing on freshwater and marine ecosystems.

Thank you, voters for selecting the Seymour Center as one of six environmental organizations supported by the 2015-16 New Leaf Community Markets Envirotoken Program; starts July 16.

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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