About Us


Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML) administers the Master of Science in marine science program for California State Universities in northern and central California, and is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in both education and research.  An outfitted marine operations department, active research diving program and state of the art equipment allow for cutting edge research in a wide variety of disciplines including: marine ecology; the biology of marine plants, invertebrates, fishes, turtles, birds and mammals; oceanography and marine geology; chemistry and biogeochemistry.  MLML is known for a hands-on, field-oriented approach which places our students, faculty, researchers and staff at the frontiers of marine science worldwide where discoveries are being made.  MLML provides the skills and training so students become successful scientists, teachers and resource managers serving societal needs involving marine issues.

The lab is situated in an excellent location for the study of the marine world. 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, the largest tract of tidal salt marsh in California outside of San Francisco Bay, 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.

MLML is a thriving institution of education and research working to help advance marine science, serve society, and transform public discourse and policy towards sustainable human interaction with the world.


The mission of MLML is to provision the marine scientists of the future.  This means that undergraduate and graduate students are provided with unparalleled access to faculty advisors and teachers, research facilities, and an incredible local marine environment.  Our primary goal is to provide students with the necessary skills and training to succeed in academia, governmental agencies, conservation, and management to serve societal needs involving marine issues.


"The Spirit of Moss Landing"

  • Building skills
  • Building Knowledge
  • Working Together

MLML endeavors to pursue answers to critical questions about the world's oceans and to maintain a major focus on trying to understand, and help solve, environmental problems caused by humans through:

  • Scientific integrity
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Collegiality
  • Innovation
  • Creativity
  • Social Responsibility
  • Stewardship
  • Leadership
  • Diversity
  • Equity
  • Learning
  • Teaching
  • and Joy!

Go to Map and Directions Page

Follow the directions above to Moss Landing Road. Take the bridge across Sandholdt Road (on the right if driving south, on the left if driving north).  The MLML Aquaculture Building is located at 7722 Sandholdt Road on the left side immediately after crossing the harbor bridge.


MLML's Marine Operations staff strives to fulfill MLML’s mission of “empowering future and current marine science leaders by offering students and researchers unparalleled access to the education, tools, environment and community necessary to understand marine and coastal processes-creating new understanding and solutions in a changing world.”