MLML’s Dr. Maxime Grand to speak at UC Santa Cruz – December 7th, 2018

Maxime Grand, MLML's Chemical Oceanographer, to speak in UC Santa Cruz's Ocean Sciences Seminar Series on Friday, December 7th at 10:40am.

Beyond GEOTRACES: From basin-scale micronutrient metal surveys to in situ microfluidic sensing

This talk will explore the biogeochemistry of dissolved and particulate Fe and Al in the Indian Ocean prior to discussing the development and application of emerging analytical technologies for autonomous observations of trace metals and major nutrients (phosphate) using microfluidics.

For more info, click here.


MLML Researchers Planting Baby Oysters in Partnership with the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve – October 23rd, 2018


October 18, 2018

For more information:

Scott Nichols, ESF Development & Communications Manager


Phone: (831) 728-5939

Interested members of the media are invited to attend this first-of-its-kind restoration effort, which offers exceptional video, photo, and interview opportunities from an active research site on the tidal mudflats of the Elkhorn Slough.

Researchers Planting Baby Oysters at Elkhorn Slough (10/23)

First Attempt in California to Restore Native Oysters through Aquaculture

ELKHORN SLOUGH, CA — On the afternoon of Tuesday, October 23, 2018, members of the media are invited to attend as a team of researchers and volunteers plant juvenile Olympia oysters in the tidal mudflats of Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve. This outplanting of juvenile oysters, raised in partnership with Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, represents the first attempt to support California’s dwindling native oyster populations through aquaculture.

WHAT:  Planting juvenile Olympia oysters (grown through aquaculture in partnership with Moss Landing Marine Laboratories) in the tidal mudflats of the Elkhorn Slough Reserve.

WHEN:  Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 3:00pm-6:00pm. Media are encouraged to RSVP.

WHERE:  Meet at the Elkhorn Slough Reserve Visitor Center, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville, CA  95076 (map). We will provide rubber boots, if needed, and shuttle media to and from the project site on the Elkhorn Slough Reserve’s tidal mudflats (approx. 10 minutes).

WHO: Reserve Research Coordinator Dr. Kerstin Wasson with researchers, students, and volunteers from Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (ESNERR), Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC), and Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML). When the work is complete, there will be a celebratory toast led by MLML Director Jim Harvey, joined by Assemblyman Mark Stone and other supporters of California aquaculture and oyster restoration, including the Anthropocene Institute which provided substantial funding.

WHY:  Researchers, students, and volunteers will plant juvenile oysters in Elkhorn Slough to help restore dwindling native oyster populations. This represents the first attempt to support native oyster restoration through aquaculture in the state of California.

CONTACT:  For more information or to RSVP, please contact Scott Nichols, ESF Development & Communications Manager, at or (831) 728-5939.


Administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and managed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) which owns the property, the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (ESNERR), is one of 29 Reserves established nationwide to support long-term research, water-quality monitoring, environmental education, and coastal stewardship. The Elkhorn Slough Foundation (ESF) works in partnership with the Reserve, and is the only nonprofit organization solely dedicated to protecting Elkhorn Slough and its watershed forever. For more information, visit:

Elkhorn Slough Reserve volunteers Ken Pollak and Celeste Stanik deploying clam shell reefs with oyster restoration expert Chela Zabin (Photo by Kerstin Wasson, Elkhorn Slough Reserve)

Scott Benson, MLML Research Affiliate, Speaking at the MBNMS Exploration Center – October 12th, 2018

Come hear MLML Research Affiliate Scott Benson at Leatherback Turtle Day!

When: October 12th, 2018 5-8pm

Where: Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center

Scott Benson's Talks:

5:45pm: Leatherback Turtles in the California Current: Why do they cross the Pacific?

7:15pm: Updates from Leatherback's nesting beaches in the Western Pacific

Click here for more info!

Pacific Shark Research Center at Sharktoberfest! – October 4th, 2018

Visit PSRC at Sharktoberfest NightLife

MLML's Pacific Shark Research Center will be at the California Academy of Sciences on October 4th for their Sharktoberfest NightLife Event.  Come ask all your shark questions, or attend one of their talks:

7pm: MLML Grad Student Vicky Vasquez will speak about being the first researcher to identify the elusive Ninja lanternshark.

9pm: MLML Faculty Dr. Dave Ebert has a talk titled “State of Emergency: Searching For Sri Lanka’s Lost Sharks”

Click here for more info!

MLML Quilt Guild Scholarship Quilt Raffle – December 14th, 2018

The Moss Landing Marine Labs Quilt Guild has completed another scholarship quilt and are currently selling tickets to win it.  The wall hanging measures 71 inches wide x 51 inches high (see photo below).  The quilt is a fabric interpretation of Ray Troll's artwork that was developed for N.O.A.A.'s  "Green Seas, Blue Seas" campaign, and used with his and N.O.A.A.'s permission.
Tickets are available for $5.00 each or 5 for $20.00.
The drawing will be held at MLML in mid-December, and you do not need to be present to win.  Out of town winners must arrange pick up of the quilt from MLML.
Tickets can be purchased two different ways:
1) Come to the Front Desk of the Labs Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm, paying with cash or check. 
2) Mail a check, made out to Tower Foundation, along with your contact information, and the Quilt Guild will fill out the ticket stubs for you.
    Mail to:
    MLML Quilt Guild 
    P.O. Box 172
    Moss Landing, CA 95039
Note: If you would like your side of the ticket stub mailed to you, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your payment.
Thank you for supporting the Signe Lundstrom Memorial Scholarship Fund for Moss Landing students with your purchase of raffle tickets for this wall hanging quilt.

Come to MLML Open House! – April 28th & 29th, 2018

Come to MLML's 2018 Open House Weekend!

Saturday & Sunday, April 28th-29th, 2018

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Ocean fun for all ages!     Arts & crafts     Food and drinks for purchase     Live touch tanks

Marine life puppet show   |   Meet faculty, staff, and students   |   Raffles & prizes     Research talks

Can't make Open House, but want to support graduate student research?  You can support student scholarships by donating to our Crowdfunding Campaign!

2018 Oceans Colloquium – April 15th, 2018

Come to the 9th Annual Oceans Colloquium!

"Rising Ocean Leaders"

Sunday April 15th, 2018 9am - 4:30pm

Moss Landing Marine Labs

Hosted by the Monterey Area Research Institutions' Network for Education (MARINE).  MLML Graduate Student Amanda Heidt is one of the organizers!

Registration is free and open to the MARINE community

MARINE’s annual Oceans Colloquium focuses on non-traditional means of communicating about the ocean and encourages participants to present their work in engaging formats. The colloquium also promotes professional development in communication and collaboration through interactive discussions.

Featuring:  Keynote speakers  |  Short talks  |  Panel discussion  |  Ocean STEAM Fair

To register, click here.  Registration to attend closes April 13th, 2018.