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.


  • Joseph Bizzarro - Pacific Shark Research Center
    Research Affiliate
    My general areas of interest are marine ecology and ichthyology, and more specifically resource utilization, life history, and fisheries studies of demersal and benthic elasmobranchs (i.e., sharks, skates, and rays) and teleost groundfishes. I am especially interested in trophic ecology and spatial associations of marine fish assemblages, and have several such research projects underway or recently completed between the Bering Sea and Gulf of California. I also have considerable experience in seafloor mapping, collection and analysis of biological and physical data, and trophic and spatial analysis of groundfishes and benthic invertebrates. I enjoy collaborating with colleagues and pursuing interdisciplinary studies. I have especially valued my collaborations with marine geologists, as knowledge of the geologic conditions that create and maintain seafloor habitats for benthic fishes is fundamental to my research.


  • Ross Clark - Central Coast Wetlands Group
    Director of Central Coast Wetlands Group
    CCWG is a wetlands science research group serving the Central Coast of California. We work closely with regional and state partners to improve wetland science communication between researchers, resource managers and policy makers. We do this through on the ground research, the development and dissemination of tools and materials, and through organizing and hosting meetings and symposia that bring groups of people together to increase dialogue. By collaborating on wetland-related efforts, local resources can be used more effectively to assess and improve the condition of local wetlands and the services they provide.


  • Curtis A. Collins - Naval Postgraduate School
    Professor Emeritus
    Ph.D, Oregon State University
    Descriptive Physical Oceanography


  • 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 - Chemical Oceanography
    Research Affiliate
    Broadly, my research focuses on the fate and transport of chemical constituents at the land-sea interface. Recent research projects have investigated the transport of nutrients to the coastal ocean through submarine groundwater discharge and the impact on water quality and coastal ocean ecosystems. I’ve conducted this type of research all over the world, including Antarctica, North Carolina, Monterey Bay, San Francisco Bay, and the Yucatan Peninsula. I often use natural radiogenic tracers such as radium and radon to model and quantify groundwater and associated inputs. Other recent projects have utilized physical models to predict the influence of land-use practices in agricultural areas on nutrient loading in coastal environments.


  • Tim Stanton - Naval Postgraduate School
    Tim Stanton has been working in the Beaufort Sea for the last eight years. His latest project got underway last March, when NPS colleague Research Associate Professor Bill Shaw deployed two university-developed Autonomous Ocean Flux Buoys, instruments specifically designed to measure the vertical flux of heat, salt and momentum that are occurring between the ocean and Arctic sea ice.


  • Mark Stephenson - Marine Pollution Studies Laboratory (MPSL)
    Emeritus Director, Special Projects Director
    The MPSL-DFG group offers field sampling, laboratory preparation, and analytical (trace metals, mercury, methylmercury, and some conventional constituents) capabilities.


  • Qing Wang - Naval Postgraduate School
    Professor, Department of Meteorology
    Dr. Qing Wang is Full Professor in the Meteorology department at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey and an Affiliated Research Faculty at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories. She is an expert in electromagnetic ducting at the air-sea interface: the study of how light and radio-waves are bent and distorted forming mirages and radar distortion along the horizon. Her studies employ instrumentation to measure heat and water vapor flux, marine aerosol composition, atmospheric water droplet inventory and optical/infrared/x-band radio distortion. She earned a BS and MS degree from Peking University, and a PhD from Pennsylvania State University. She currently directs several multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional programs nationwide and is working with the Chemical Oceanography Laboratory regarding the role of fog in the transport of contaminants from the sea to the land. She is an accomplished teacher and internationally respected researcher.


  • Mark Yarbrough - Marine Optical Buoy Project (MOBY)
    Principal Investigator
    The Marine Optical Buoy (MOBY) is the centerpiece of the primary ocean measurement site for vicarious calibration of satellite ocean color sensors.


  • Jenifer Zeligs - Science Learning and Exploration With the Help of Sea Lions (SLEWTHS)
    Director of SLEWTHS
    SLEWTHS is an innovative project of sea lions and people working together to further marine education, research, and conservation.



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