Southern California Marine Institute
|Type||Non-operating private foundation
(IRS exemption status): 501(c)(3)
|Origins||Ocean Studies Institute (OSI)|
|Southern California, United States|
|Method||Donations and Grants|
In the late 1960s, marine scientists working at six campuses of the CSU system in the Los Angeles basin (Dominguez Hills, Fullerton, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Northridge, and Cal Poly Pomona) proposed the formation of an institute that would provide the advancement of marine programs. It was until 1971, when the university system decided to purchase the naval vessel R/V Nautilus for that specific purpose. In 1972, the creation of the Southern California Ocean Studies Consortium (SCOSC) was approved by the Trustees and the Presidents of the founding campuses and the operation of the R/V Nautilus floating marine laboratory began.
The University of California Los Angeles is in partnership with the Institute, thereby increasing marine research in Los Angeles, and providing educational opportunities for its students.
The eleven institutions in the Southern California Marine Institute consortium are:
- Cal Poly Pomona
- Cal State Fullerton
- Cal State Long Beach
- Cal State Northridge
- CSU Dominguez Hills
- CSU Los Angeles
- CSU San Bernardino
- CSU San Marcos
- Occidental College
- USC - (USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies)
- California State University
- Marine Mammal Center
- Alliance for Coastal Technologies
- FoundationCenter.org Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, accessed 2009-06-20
- DeRose, Kim (December 17, 2010). "UCLA joins Southern California Marine Institute to revitalize marine research in Los Angeles". Retrieved March 15, 2013.