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Mailing/shipping, phone, e-mail information for Andy Fisher

Mailing and shipping address:

Andrew T. Fisher
UCSC Earth and Planetary Sciences Department
1156 High Street, E&MS A232
Santa Cruz, CA 95064

Telephone:

Direct line: 831-459-5598 *
Fax: 831-459-3074
Main office: 831-459-4089 *
Hydro lab: 831-459-2838 *

* These numbers have an answering machine. Please leave a message if no one answers.

E-mail:

Mail/shipping and phone information for the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department

Front office staff :

Judy Van Leuven
Jennifer Fish
Amy Kornberg

UCSC Earth and Planetary Sciences Department
1156 High Street, E&MS A232
Santa Cruz, CA 95064

Telephone:

Main office: 831-459-4089
Fax: 831-459-3074

Maps and Directions

Simple map of SF Bay area showing how to get to Santa Cruz (GIF format)

Simple map of Santa Cruz area showing how to get to UCSC (GIF format)

Detailed UCSC map showing where to enter, get a parking pass, park, and walk to the E&MS Building (GIF format, PDF format)

Mapquest map of Santa Cruz (JPEG format)

Mapquest detail map of Santa Cruz (JPEG format)

GETTING TO THE UCSC CAMPUS FROM THE INNER PENINSULA

Take Hwy 17 over the hill from San Jose. Take the Hwy 1 exit off Hwy 17 that heads north towards Half Moon Bay. Go straight across the river and then go straight through the intersection with Hwy 9. The road winds to the left slightly. At the next light, bear right onto Hwy 1 business - also called Mission Street. Drive straight on Mission Street for about 1. 5 miles, through several traffic lights.Turn right on Bay Street (a major intersection with a traffic light) and climb the hill towards the campus, passing through a traffic light on Meder Street. Drive straight across High Street (another light) and onto campus using the UCSC Main Entrance. The kiosk for parking passes is on your right immediately after entering campus.

GETTING TO THE UCSC CAMPUS FROM THE NORTH VIA HWY 1

This is the scenic route from SFO, no faster than taking Hwy 17 and probably somewhat slower, but often more pleasant. From 280 south take the 92 exit west towards Half Moon Bay. When you reach Half Moon Bay, take Hwy 1 south to Santa Cruz. This becomes Mission Street when you enter Santa Cruz. Drive about one mile and look for Bay Street (major intersection with light) and turn left, then go up the hill to the campus, following the directions above.

GETTING TO THE UCSC CAMPUS FROM THE SOUTH VIA HWY 1

This is the scenic route from the south. You can get to Hwy 1 from 101 by crossing over outside Monterey, or taking Hwy 129 or Hwy 152 (twisty!) through Watsonville. The "secret" route that is often pretty efficient is to pick up San Miguel Canyon Road from 101, just past Prunedale, and then Hall Road to Salinas Road to Hwy 1. Much depends on your timing and other travel plans. Once you are on Hwy 1 north, continue into Santa Cruz (taking the "fish hook" that merges with the off ramp for Hwy 17). The rest of the directions are like those for coming over Hwy 17: head north towards Half Moon Bay. Go straight across the river and then go straight through the intersection with Hwy 9. The road winds to the left slightly. At the next light, bear right onto Hwy 1 business - also called Mission Street. Drive straight on Mission Street for about 1. 5 miles, through several traffic lights.Turn right on Bay Street (a major intersection with a traffic light) and climb the hill towards the campus, following the directions above.

PARKING AND GETTING TO THE EARTH AND PLANETARY SCIENCES DEPARTMENT FROM THE MAIN ENTRANCE

After you enter the campus at the main entrance, stop at the kiosk on the right to get a parking permit. If you will be on campus for only 1-2 hours, there are some metered spaces scattered around, but if you will be around longer than two hours, you must get a permit. The Parking Enforcement group are vicious savages and will show you NO MERCY. Purchase a type A permit and ask at the kiosk if you would like a campus map.

Proceed up the hill on the main road, Coolidge Drive. Stay on Coolidge as you wind past the great meadow and enter the redwood grove containing the central campus. You will pass through several stop signs, and the road eventually is renamed McLaughlin Drive. You will pass the Cowell Health Center on the left (which has a small A-permit lot - might work if you arrive before 8), then cross a bridge. Your next left is the entrance to the parking lot by the Science Library (closest to Earth and Marine Sciences). This lot only has a few spaces for carpools and the Baskin Engineering lot, on your right, is generally full unless you arrive early. Your best bet is the parking garage at the end of McLaughlin Drive, on your left after you pass Baskin Engineering. Turn left at the stop sign (onto Heller Drive), then immediately turn left again to enter the garage. There are spaces on the right for 1-2 hour parking intervals (park, then use the machine near the stairs to get a short-term pass), but the rest of the lot requires an A pass. Also, note that some spaces on the second floor are reserved for carpools.

Once you have parked, you need to navigate to the Earth and Marine Sciences (E&MS) building. Go out the back corner of the parking garage, opposite to the side of the garage on which you entered - there are stairs here to all parking levels. Go down the stairs to ground level, then follow the path through some redwood trees. The Sinsheimer building is in front of you and on your left (along with a bunch of new construction). Bear to the right of the Sinsheimer building, go up a small flight of stairs, then turn left. You will now walk under a catwalk connecting the Sinsheimer and Thimann buildings. Pass a statue of sea lions on your right and continue up the incline. To your left is the NatSci II building, to your right is the Center for Adaptive Optics. Walk between these buildings, under the dark green flying buttresses (EQ reinforcement), and enter the E&MS building (to your right) through the 3rd floor, above a foyer with a coffee/snack cart.

The EMS building is arranged in blocks, labeled A, B, C, and D. The Earth Sciences main office is in A232, the block to your right. Go to the end of the hall directly in front of the main entrance, take the stairs or elevator down one level, and then go right, back towards the entrance and the foyer.

Airport Options and Transportation to/from Airports

The closest airport is in San Jose (SJC), which is about 40 minutes from Santa Cruz when it is not rush hour. San Francisco (SFO) is next most convenient, about 75 minutes outside rush hour. You can also try Oakland, but this is about two hours away and requires that you drive around the East Bay, which can be challenging any time. Try to time your arrival and departure to avoid driving to/from the airports during 7:30-9 am and 4-6:30 pm, if possible.

The easiest transport option is Early Bird Airport Shuttle, 831-462-3933. Tell them you are traveling on UCSC business and you might get a discount (not sure if this still applies, cost is about $75 each way for SJC, about $15-20 more to SFO). The driver will pick you up in the baggage claim area at the airport, carry your bags, drive you door-to-door in a private car. It is fast, easy, and very comfortable - please be sure to tip the driver!

The Santa Cruz airporter shuttle runs every two hours from SJC and SFO. The number to check on schedules and cost is: (831) 423-1214 or (800) 497-4997. It costs about $50-60 each way and there are pick-up sites scattered around town, including the base of campus. You can get dropped off where you wish.

You can try the Airport Connection, (831) 730-5555 or (800)-airport. They may be cheaper, but they may have fewer connections. And they have a fixed drop off area in town...including the Dennys on Ocean Street and possibly the base of campus.

You can try Metro Santa Cruz (831) 425-8600 to find out about the bus schedule. This may be cheapest of all, but it will take longer and there is at least one transfer involved.

There are also options for renting a car at SJC or SFO and leaving it in Santa Cruz, if you wish, or renting one way for the drive back to the airport. Budget, Hertz, and Avis have agencies in town.

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this page last updated: 23-Jan-2016