Film, Exhibits and Multimedia

Film, exhibits and multimedia are becoming an increasingly important part of PISCO’s outreach. These engaging and often interactive tools provide information explaining the science behind critical problems facing our coast.



Children use the new PISCO exhibit at the Seymour Discovery Center 

New PISCO and MPA exhibit at the Seymour Discovery Center

PISCO has recently created a new exhibit highlighting the PISCO program at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center, the public visitor center at UC Santa Cruz’s Long Marine Laboratory. The exhibit presents an overview of the PISCO program including the primary ecosystems of our long-term ecosystem research and monitoring program, why this research is important and what we hope to achieve in the future.

To compliment the PISCO exhibit, we have created a separate informational exhibit on Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), one of PISCO’s core research and policy arenas, to provide visitors with an impartial resource for learning about MPAs. The MPA exhibit will explain how and where MPAs are created, when they might be used, and how they impact marine ecosystems. The display will also showcase the newly created network of MPAs along California’s Central Coast Study Region designated by California’s marine life protection act (MLPA).

This project was completed in collaboration with the Seymour Discovery Center and funded by the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Foundation.

  • The Seymour Disocvery Centery is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 AM to 5 PM Sunday, noon to 5 PM for visitor information click here


  • To view the PISCO display please click here.
  • The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History is located at 165 Forest Ave. and is open and free to the public Tuesday through Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • For more information call (831) 648-5716 or visit

The Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO) has contributed to a display for the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. The display entitled “The World of Fishes” aims to showcase local fish monitoring research from around Monterey Bay and the diversity and biology of fishes from around the world. “This exhibit highlights where they live, their anatomy, how they breathe, swim, reproduce, feed, and grow.

The PISCO display reveals our SMURF (Standard Monitoring Unit for the Recruitment of Fishes)work that is conducted by PISCO campuses at UC Santa Cruz and UC Santa Barbara. SMURF units are one of the most effective forms of fish recruitment monitoring and our studies have revealed some interesting parallels with climate related oceanographic cycles. This knowledge has critical applications to spatial management decisions such as the design of marine protected area networks.

The exhibit will be brought to life with lectures from organizers and ichthyologists Dr. Greg Caillet and Dr. David Greenfield who will share their collective expertise about fish and the diversity of local Monterey bay habitats (February 20th Dr. Caillet) and a life time of researching fish from around the world (March 6th Dr. Greenfield)

Film and Multimedia

Video screenshot - Microdocs

Microdocs: Short Attention Span Science Video

PISCO PI Steve Palumbi has created a collection of 35 short, 2-4 minute micro-documentaries, each focusing on a single topic from the fields of ecology and sustainability. As each ‘microdoc’ breaks complex subjects into smaller components, viewers can build an understanding of complex processes by watching several inter-related videos. These microdocs have been popular viewing since their launch in late 2008, and they are now regular features on Discovery Earth and Steve plans to produce an ongoing series of microdocs focusing on exciting new PISCO research. Steve plans to produce an ongoing series of microdocs focusing on some of the most exciting of PISCO research. Take a look at the Microdoc: Short Attention Span Video site for yourself.

Google Earth Layer screenshot

Science of Marine Reserves (Google Earth Layer)

PISCO’s Science of Marine Reserves Team continues to work with Google by contributing scientific information about marine reserves featured in the Google Earth MPA Layer. This tool allows users to explore over 4000 marine protected areas around the globe. Interactive animations in this layer convey how protection leads to increases across species within marine reserves. Site-specific graphics, video, and stories provide information about individual reserves and other types of MPA’s. You can take a guided tour of some of the most effective marine reserves on the planet. So download the latest version of Google Earth and start exploring!

Science of Marine Reserves (Video, 2002)

This video provides a clear and concise explanation of the Marine Reserve system and how they protect marine resources. This 16 minute film is split into 8 chapters for easy viewing.

Hypoxia videos

View all Hypoxia Media

Hypoxia, Dead Zone.
This video has been created to demystify what  hypoxic zones are, how they're formed and also to discover how scientists reseach these phenomena  including highlighting state of the art technology such as underwater gliders and remotely operated vehicles.

  • The Hypoxia Video is being distributed (starting Dec 15) at Ocean Today locations, on a rotating and ongoing basis. Click here for locations 
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