Board

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 Seymour Marine Discovery Center* was established for this primary purpose.

The Friends of Seymour Center are dedicated to supporting and promoting the Seymour Marine Discovery Center at Long Marine Laboratory. Support includes raising funds to run and maintain education programs, exhibits, and facilities, as well as for operating and staffing costs. The Friends also facilitate monetary awards for UC Santa Cruz student research in the marine sciences.

Promotion includes working broadly in the community to raise public awareness of the Seymour Center and its varied education programs.

*Originally known as the Friends of Long Marine Lab, this support group was founded in 1979 to support the public education programs occurring at the Long Marine Lab. In 2000, the public education program moved into a new building and got a new name––Seymour Center at Long Marine Lab. Although their work has not changed, the board voted to update its name in 2016. The Friends group celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2019.

2020-21 Board of Directors

Board Members

(Photo: 2019-20 Friends of Seymour Center board)

  • Robert Allen
  • Dale Bieser
  • Dan Blunk
  • Barbara Canfield
  • Diana Conner
  • Charles Eadie
  • Shirley Ginzburg
  • Jackie Heald
  • Joni Janecki
  • Jo Lynne Jones
  • David Morrell
  • Lisa Schallop
  • Martha Seaver

Executive Committee

  • Dale Bieser, President
  • Diana Conner, Vice-President
  • Charlie Eadie, At-Large
  • Jo Lynne Jones, Past President
  • Martha Seaver, At-Large
  • Dan Costa, Director, Institute of Marine Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Branwyn Wagman, Senior Director of Science Philanthropy, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Terrie Williams, Director of Research Initiatives, Seymour Marine Discovery Center, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Lauren Donnelly-Crocker, Operations and Engagement Officer, Seymour Marine Discovery Center, University of California, Santa Cruz, Ex-Officio

Honorary Members of Board of Directors

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

Emeritus Members of Board of Directors

  • Ted Burke
  • Karen Cogswell
  • William Doyle
  • Gary Griggs
  • Jack Harkness
  • David Morrell
  • Edie Rittenhouse
  • Bob Simpkins
  • Robert Stephens

Ex-Officio Members of Board of Directors

  • Dan Costa, Director, Institute of Marine Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Branwyn Wagman, Senior Director of Science Philanthropy, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Lauren Donnelly-Crocker, Operations and Engagement Officer, Seymour Marine Discovery Center, University of California, Santa Cruz

Spotlight!

OCEAN DISCOVERY SHOP NOW OPEN!
Saturdays, 11 AM–3 PM
Now–December 19, 2020
Join us for outdoor, in-person shopping this holiday season! Find gifts for all ages.

ADOPT A MONK SEAL
Support Hawaiian monk seal conservation—and enjoy a truly unique gift for the holidays—with our Adopt a Monk Seal package, available at the Seymour Center’s Seaside Shopping!

CALLING ALL STUDENTS!
Dive into the Seymour Center challenge to engineer an invention to solve a type of plastic pollution problem affecting our watersheds and oceans.

LABSIDE CHATS
December 10, 2020
3:30 PM PST (special time!)
Tune in to our last Labside Chat of 2020 to explore the intricacies of marine mammal physiology with Shawn Noren, Ph.D.

SERENE MARINE MOMENT
Drift peacefully among curious juvenile rockfish and a shiner surfperch currently housed in the Seymour Center’s "SMURF" tank in this short video.

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