Research in Your Classroom

 

The Seymour Marine Discovery Center is located at Long Marine Laboratory on the UC Santa Cruz Coastal Science Campus. We work closely with UC Santa Cruz scientists to incorporate cutting edge marine science research into our education programs.

Below, you can learn more about some UC Santa Cruz marine research projects that can be integrated into your students’ science learning opportunities.


UCSC intern, Sarah Wood, flying one of the research team’s drones.

Año Nuevo Island Animal Count Project 

Make science count in your classroom! Students (ages 10 and up) are invited to become citizen scientists to help UC Santa Cruz researchers. Learn about seals, sea lions, and seabirds that visit Año Nuevo Island, an important natural reserve north of Santa Cruz. Analyze drone photos to identify and count different types of animals that visit the island. The data your class contributes helps scientists find important patterns of how and when different species depend on the island. Learn more details about the research and project.  

Start your class on seal science today

 


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:

Dive in and explore www.mmpp.ucsc.edu. 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 TOPP.org.

Days & Hours

Tuesday to Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM


Spotlight!

OCEAN EXPLORERS VIRTUAL SUMMER CAMP
Explore an incredible world of marine mammal science from your own home this summer. Space is limited. Apply NOW!

CREATURE FEATURE
Explore the intricate beauty of bat stars up close. Learn how they sense their surroundings and why they feel scratchy to the touch. Watch the 4-minute video here!

WORLD OCEANS DAY
Monday, June 8, 2020
Join us for a virtual World Oceans Day celebration and take part in the Seymour Center Online Ocean Superhero Challenge.

SPECIAL PRESENTATION
June 8, 2020, 11 AM–12 PM
Learn about exciting, current research from award-winning UC Santa Cruz students studying the oceans.

SELF-GUIDED COASTAL WALKING TOUR
Enjoy outdoor highlights of the spectacular Coastal Science Campus as you explore the network of trails with this guide to interpretive signs.

MARINE SCIENCE JOURNALING
Start your own marine science journal today with these cool observation activities with video links. Designed for ages seven and up.

SUNDAY SEASIDE CRAFTS–AT HOME!
Create ocean-inspired crafts and activities using materials found around the house. Find instructions for our latest craft: Camouflage Challenge.

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