The Tucson Marine Phage Lab is committed to communicating effectively about our research not only to the scientific community, but also to the public and to the students that will become tomorrow's researchers and decision-makers.

Ocean 180 Video Challenge

Innocence by Viral Tagging

Created by Ann Gregory and Julio Cesar Ignacio Espinoza

The Micro B3 Project

Micro B3 Biodiversity Banner

Biosphere 2:  where research meets outreach.


  • A B2-Tara Oceans-TMPL exhibit at the B2 Visitor's Center (2010-2011) showcased the role of marine viruses in global carbon cycling. Visit the online exhibit for more information.
Guides to identify Biosphere 2 ocean dwellers

UA Community

Visitors to Biosphere 2 learn about marine phage at the Oceans exhibit during the Tara Oceans Expedition lauch celebration.

Visitors enjoy hands-on science activities at the Tara Oceans
launch celebration at Biosphere 2, September 5, 2009.


  • Tara Oceans Launch Event (pictured right): TMPL members presented talks and hands-on science activities.
  • UA press release on launch event
  • TMPL and marine cyanobacteria and cyanophage were the topic of a full-page B2 feature in the May 2011 Bear Essential News for Kids, a free tabloid paper by and for elementary and middle school age kids in southern Arizona.
  • Download a pdf (516KB) of the Bear Essentials News page.

Students at Tucson Magnet High School study marine phage in the lab.

Tucson High students study marine phage.

K-12:  teaching students about the complexity and importance of the marine environment to inspire further education and scientific literacy.

  • 'Oceans' Curriculum development: TMPL and local teachers (Elena Martin, Tucson High Magnet School; Victoria Milani, retired) developed middle school and high school curriculum. The middle school lessons were used at Booth Fickett, La Cima, Doolen Middle Schools, and the high school lessons at Tucson High.
  • Tara Oceans curriculum materials
  • In collaboration with award-winning Tucson High teacher Margaret Wilch, a laboratory course module, "Ocean viruses: From isolates to genomes", has been taught as part of Ms. Wilch's Biotechnology course over the past two years.
  • High school lab course page

Middle school students' marine science projects.

"Layers of the ocean" from student projects at Booth Fickett Middle School.