Carbon Cooperation: Birch Aquarium Looks Forward to Annual Keeling Lecture

1958. A very important year for science.

Along with launching the first American satellite into orbit and celebrating Frederick Sanger’s Nobel Prize for describing the protein structure of insulin, 1958 was the year Scripps Institution of Oceanography researcher Charles Keeling began daily measurements of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere. Keeling’s discovery of rapidly increasing carbon [...]

SEA Days: Diving Deeper with Scripps Scientists

by Camila Pauda, Volunteer Programs Assistant

Every month, the third Saturday is a special day at Birch Aquarium: SEA Days! As the tagline suggests, SEA Days are always full of  “Science, Exploration and Adventure.” Visitors and members can meet a Scripps Institution of Oceanography researcher and get hands-on with Scripps science, participate [...]

Coral Reef Ambassadors Travel to Taiwan

High Tech Middle Media Arts teacher Erika Reed (center) and her students get ready to snorkel over Hobihu Reef in Taiwan.

By Fernando Nosratpour, interim co-curator

In 2012, Birch Aquarium at Scripps and our sister aquarium, the National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium (NMMBA) in Taiwan, were awarded a highly competitive Museums Connect [...]

Birch Aquarium Shines a Light on Sustainability

By Kate Jirik, Birch Aquarium science educator and naturalist

Birch Aquarium at Scripps is taking gradual steps toward sustainable business practices. Our most recent success involved upgrading 150 exhibit lights to energy-efficient light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs. Find out why this facility improvement means so much to us.


Exhibit carpenter Kevin Stephens has been [...]

Birch Aquarium’s Perspectives lectures reach milestone 10 million online views

Renowned Scripps Oceanography climate expert Richard Somerville presents “Global Warming: The Latest Word on the Best Science” during a Perspectives on Ocean Science lecture at Birch Aquarium at Scripps.

One of the best things about Birch Aquarium at Scripps is its connection to the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Scripps researchers explore the entire planet [...]

Is ‘Nemo’ Endangered?

By Kate Jirik, naturalist & science educator

This September, Nemo, Dory, Marlin, and the rest of the animated cast of Finding Nemo are splashing back into theatres in 3-D. Finding Nemo has lost little of its original appeal since winning the 2003 Academy Award for Best Animated Film. Stunning visual effects, charm, and humor [...]

Celebrating 20 Years of World Oceans Day

By Kate Jirik, science educator

A few days ago, I was at my community library when I overheard a conversation between a mother and her two children. The family was leaving for a lake vacation and had stopped by to find some children’s books for the trip. The mother quietly waited while the kids made [...]

May SEA Days: Scientist Q &A

Matt Ruppel

On the third Saturday of each month, a scientist from Scripps Institution of Oceanography or elsewhere in the community joins our special SEA Days program to share their exciting research with aquarium visitors.

Matt Ruppel is a second-year graduate student at UC San Diego in atmospheric chemistry. He is one of [...]

Inspired by Nature: BE WiSE at the Aquarium

Scripps Ph.D. candidate Noelle Bowlin teaches students about the diversity of fishes. Photo Credit Lara Dickens

By Catie Fyfe, community connections coordinator

When the lights go out and the public leaves, the fish usually have Birch Aquarium at Scripps to themselves. That wasn’t the case earlier this month when 40 middle school girls had [...]

Birch Aquarium Recognized for Sustainable Leadership

Senator Christine Kehoe (right) congratulates Catie Fyfe and Charina Layman of Birch Aquarium at Scripps.

Birch Aquarium’s efforts to be sustainable and to teach the community about sustainable living garnered special recognition yesterday. The California Center for Sustainable Energy honored the aquarium with its Sustainable Community Leadership award during the Center’s eighth annual Energy All-Star Award Ceremony.

The [...]