Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML) is the graduate program in marine science for seven California State Universities and is administrated by San Jose State University (SJSU). MLML has a 60,000 sq.-ft. main laboratory facility and five other properties totaling 39 acres, more than 375 researchers and students, and brings in more than $20 million in research funding annually. The fully equipped marine operations department operates 13 research vessels; and the science diving program at MLML is one of the most active in the nation. The faculty emphasis on integration of mentoring, teaching, and research; and the excellent facilities and staff contribute to make this one of the best programs for a Masters degree in marine science in the United States. Since its establishment in 1966, MLML and its leading scientists have contributed significantly to the advancement of the field of marine science, both in Monterey Bay and worldwide.
The lab is situated in an excellent location for the study of the marine world. The lab is located at the center of the Monterey Bay, at a short distance from Santa Cruz and Monterey. The Monterey Submarine Canyon, the largest such feature on the west coast of North America, begins within a few hundred meters of the Moss Landing harbor and the MLML research fleet. To the east of MLML is the Elkhorn Slough, one of the largest estuarine wetlands off the west coast of the United States, and an important site for shorebirds and fishes. To the north and south are sand dunes, sandy beaches, and extensive kelp forest habitats along the rocky shoreline. Some of the most productive kelp forests and intertidal areas can be found in this region. MLML also is located between two large upwelling centers, which provide nutrients that stimulate an incredible amount of productivity but also provide a wealth of opportunities to study coastal oceanic processes.