The UCLA Zodiac is currently undergoing a major expansion of its educational scope, as part of an effort to broaden participation of undergraduates in oceanography. This initiative engages hundreds of undergraduate students per year in research cruises to the local continental shelf and slope off the coast of California. A dedicated captain/technician has been recruited to facilitate the cruises, which are incorporated into a range of undergraduate courses in the Departments of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (AOS), Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences (EPSS) Geography, Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB). 

UCLA Marine Operations grateful acknowledges partial support from the Division of Physical Sciences Dean’s Office to support the educational development of the Zodiac.

For further information about this program or to request that UCLA Zodiac cruises be included into additional UCLA undergraduate courses, please contact