Crab physiology study in marine biologist Horst Felbeck's lab - Photo: Marc Tule
Biological sciences encompass the greatest range of research activities among the disciplines at Scripps. Broadly divided into biological oceanography and marine biology, programs concentrate on the interactions of marine organisms with the physical and chemical environment, as well as molecular biology, biochemistry, physiology, biomechanics, biotechnology, biomedicine, genetics, ecology, and evolutionary biology.
Scripps biologists investigate the fundamental processes affecting life and energy flow in marine ecosystems. They examine biodiversity at multiple levels, and explore most marine habitats, including coral reefs, the deep sea, polar regions, the nearshore, and coastlines.
For more than 50 years, the California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations (CalCOFI) program has investigated the California Current as part of the longest-running coastal ecosystem study in the world.