Scientific Diving

SFSU Scientific Diving

About Our Program

The San Francisco State University Scientific Diving Program was created in the 1990's to support submerged science and education. Presently, the program has grown to encompass over 20 graduate and undergraduate students conducting thesis work and several faculty who are involved in marine and estuarine research. Our research divers work at sites ranging from the blackwater shallows of San Francisco Bay, the kelp forests of Monterey and the numerous California Channel Islands.

The Scientific Diving Program is open to actively enrolled SF State students, faculty and staff and is overseen by the SF State Diving Control Board (DCB) and administered by the SF State Diving Safety Officer (DSO). The DSO maintains oversight and operational control of all scientific diving operations and reports to both the DCB and the Director of the University Field Station in Tiburon, California. The DSO conducts advanced diver training, dive support, and operational supervision for all SF State scientific diving operations. For more information on the SF State Scientific Diving Program, select from the diving links on this page or contact the SFSU Dive Safety Officer.

SF State Scientific Diving Control Board Members

Kathy Boyer Co-Chair
Karen Crow Co-Chair
Karina Nielsen Ex Officio
Luis Hernandez Research Diving and Boating Technician, Acting Scientific Diving and Boating Safety Officer
Margot Buchbinder Research Technician Representative
Tyler Phelps Graduate Student Representative

About The American Academy of Underwater Sciences

SF State is a member of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS), adheres to AAUS standards for the conduct of scientific diving operations and diver training and fully supports diving reciprocity between current AAUS member organizations.


SFSU and WebDiver

SFSU is now using webdiver to monitor dive activity, certification dates and dive medical reports. All active SFSU Scientific Divers must have an account in Webdiver.

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