In memory of Dr. John Pearse, UC Santa Cruz has established a memorial fund to continue John’s legacy and support students at Institute of Marine Sciences. A beloved UCSC professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and leading authority on marine invertebrates and intertidal ecology, his colleagues and students know him best as a dedicated mentor who inspired students and launched careers in science.

We are actively seeking lead gifts for a separate fund, The John Pearse Field Course Endowment dedicated in perpetuity to supporting hands-on experiential learning for students in field courses, like Kelp Forest Ecology, which he started. It is because of John that UCSC continues to be a pioneer in field research and education and our students are inspired, skilled, and positioned for success after graduation.

Join us in recognizing Dr. John Pearse and ensuring generations into the future are examining our world through a lens of curiosity and wonder.

Click below to contribute to The John Pearse Memorial Fund for Student Support in Marine Science. If you are interested in making a lead gift for The John Pearse Field Course Endowment contact Catherine Hsu at or (831) 332-2905.