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Research Affiliates

  • Scott Benson - Southwest Fisheries Science Center Marine Turtle Research Program (SWFSC)
    Research Associate
    Stationed at MLML, Scott is co-investigator of the SWFSC leatherback turtle ecology program and coordinates research on leatherbacks in central California and the Western Pacific.


  • Ross Clark - Central Coast Wetlands Group
    Director of Central Coast Wetlands Group
    The Central Coast Wetlands Group is a partnership of agencies, scientists, non-governmental and private organizations working to preserve and restore Central Coast Wetlands. The group is spearheaded by the California Coastal Commission in response to the federal and state interests in coordinating wetland activities throughout California. The State and Federal Governments have adopted the “No Net Loss” policy for wetlands, but currently have few mechanisms to track the implementation or success meant to achieve this policy. The Central Coast Wetlands Group has begun to build the necessary infrastructure, relying heavily on the Group members who have active programs spread throughout the Central Coast.


  • Rusty Fairey - Marine Pollution Studies Laboratory (MPSL)
    Director of MPSL-MLML
    MPSL-MLML serves a scientific and technical support role for multiple federal, state and local agencies, both governmental and non-governmental. Our current efforts focus on monitoring the environmental health of California's surface waters (SWRCB's SWAMP Program), on tracking the status and trends in California's non-native species introductions (CDFG's Introduced Species Program), and on environmental data management (SWRCB's SWAMP and CEDEN Programs). Our staff performs a wide array of design, sampling, laboratory analysis, quality assurance, reporting and database management functions.


  • Wesley Heim - Marine Pollution Studies Laboratory (MPSL)
    Director of MPSL-DFG
    The MPSL-DFG group offers field sampling, laboratory preparation, and analytical (trace metals, mercury, methylmercury, and some conventional constituents) capabilities.
  • Kim Null
    Affiliated Researcher
    Coastal hydrogeology, cultural eutrophication, sediment biogeochemistry, freshwater inputs in Antarctica.