Chemical Oceanography Collaborators

Trace Metals Lab

The Trace Metals Laboratory is a facility that enables students to perform  trace metals analysis on available data. 

Marine Pollution Studies Lab (MPSL)



The Marine Pollution Studies Laboratory (MPSL) is a collaborative research consortium of scientists at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML), the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW), and the University of California, Davis (UC Davis).  This unique, long term assemblage of researchers evolved to provide a wide range of environmental expertise to local, state, and federal agencies charged with assessing and monitoring the waters in California.


FogNet is a collaborative effort between UC Santa Cruz, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, CSU Monterey Bay, Humboldt State Marine Labs, Bodega Bay Marine Labs, San Francisco State University, Pepperwood Preserve and US Geological Survey.

The goal is collect fog water during summer advective fog events for the chemical characterization using an active fog collector, and to quantify fog deposition volume using a standard passive fog collector.  The main chemical constituent we are interested in fog water is mercury, in its most toxic form monomethyl mercury (MMHg).  The hypothesis we are testing is whether a volatile form of mercury (dimethyl mercury) produced in the coastal ocean can evade the sea water and be incorporated into cloud droplets, whereby it can deposit to terrestrial ecosystems and become an important, or even dominant contributor to MMHg to these environments.