Research in Your Classroom


The Seymour Marine Discovery Center is located next door to Long Marine Laboratory (LML)–the working marine lab for UC Santa Cruz. We work closely with LML researchers to incorporate cutting edge marine science research into our education programs.

Below, you can learn more about some Long Marine Lab research projects showcased in our field trip programs. Visit the project websites for information that will help prepare your students for their field trip to the Seymour Center.


Marine Mammal Physiology Project
at Long Marine LaboratoryMMPP Logo1

If your class is joining us for a tour during a field trip, your students will learn
about the Marine Mammal Physiology Project (MMPP) where college students, scientists, and animals work together to solve some of the great underwater mysteries of marine mammals. Visit the MMPP’s website to find:

  • Information about how scientists work cooperatively with resident dolphins, Puka and Primo, and other Long Marine Lab animals that students will see on their tour.Puka airborne_permit_low
  • Interactive pages featuring work with Hawaiian monk seals—the most endangered seal in the country. Learn how students can help to protect these critically endangered animals.
  • Standards-based curriculum based on “Expeditions to Antarctica.” Discover how marine mammals have adapted to survive in one of the harshest environments on the planet!
  • Highlights from current research projects around the world.

Dive in and explore It’s a great resource to use with your students before or after their Seymour Center field trip!


Tagging of Pelagic PredatorsTOPP Logo

Integrate marine science and technology into your curriculum with the Tagging of Pelagic Predators (TOPP) program. Scientists from around the world attach satellite and acoustic tags to over 20 different species in the Pacific Ocean including white sharks, tunas, leatherback turtles, and elephant seals. Students can follow the movements of these animals in real time. For access to the data and more information, visit

Days & Hours

Tuesday - Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM


October 15, 7-8:30 pm

Three scientists share their investigations of troubling trends in our modern ocean and share their perspectives on signs of improving health.

October 18
Younger Lagoon Reserve

Join Manager Elizabeth Howard as she discusses the history of the reserve, current programs, and future plans for teaching, research, and restoration at Younger Lagoon Reserve.

Attention Teachers!
Information and applications now available for K-14 marine science education programs at the Seymour Center.

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!


Stay informed about tours, activiites & events throughout the year



Sign up for the
monthly newsletter!