Open House – April 22nd Schedule

Open House Schedule

As Open House approaches, we at MLML have finished scheduling our activities and events for the day. Lab-run events such as our touch tank, microscopy room, and miniature ROV tank will be available all day from 9am to 5pm. Merchandise will also be available all day, although we may run out of some items earlier in the day. Our speed talks and trivia sessions given by faculty and students will be on a scheduled basis that you can attend at your convenience. To see where our activities are located, please see the map below. Other information regarding open house can be found on our page here.

MLML’s 2023 Open House Crowdfunding Page is now LIVE!

In conjunction with our in-person open house event this year, Moss Landing is opening our crowdfunding page! Our goal is to raise $20,000 to support student scholarships, marine research equipment, and funding to cover student research expenses. If you cannot make it to our open house event this year, donating is an excellent way to help support MLML students. We will be sending a special thank you to everyone who donates on our social media platforms at the end of the crowdfunding event. If you're interested in donating, you can find the crowdfunding page here. If you'd like to attend our in-person open house from 9:00am - 5:00pm on April 22nd, you can RSVP through the following form.

Virtual Seminar – The influence of oceanographic and environmental features on plankton and seabird communities in the North Pacific- March 10th


Caitie Kroeger, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories/Farallon Institute

Hosted by the Vertebrate Ecology Lab

Presenting: "The influence of oceanographic and environmental features on plankton and seabird communities in the North Pacific"

MLML Virtual Seminar | March 10th, 2022 at 4pm

Watch the Live Stream here or here

Caitie’s research is centered on understanding the direct and indirect effects of oceanic and climatological forcing on the energy balance, movement patterns, and distributions of marine organisms. She earned her Ph.D. in Ocean Science from the University of California Santa Cruz, where she studied the ecophysiology of sub-Antarctic albatrosses and co-founded a science communication group. She then joined the Farallon Institute as a postdoctoral researcher, where she explored the effects of marine mesoscale eddies on structuring plankton and seabird communities and used spatial-temporal models to map seabird distributions for oil-spill risk assessment. She recently joined MLML as a postdoctoral researcher in the Vertebrate Ecology Lab where she’s investigating the foraging ecology and habitat use of emperor penguins.

Ichthyology Lab alumnus Evan Mattiasen publishes results of thesis research on rockfish behavior and physiology

MLML alumnus Evan Mattiasen recently published the results of his thesis research in the journal Global Change Biology!

This study, co-authored by SJSU/MLML Ichthyology Lab professor Dr. Scott Hamilton and CSUMB professor Dr. Cheryl Logan, examines the effects of low oxygen conditions (hypoxia) on rockfish behavior and physiology. The results of this study are particularly relevant for fish stock management in light of global climate change, which is predicted to increase the frequency and severity of hypoxia.

Read Evan’s paper, titled "Effects of hypoxia on the behavior and physiology of kelp forest fishes", here:

MLML Welcomes Dr. Geoff Wheat

MLML welcomes Dr. Geoff Wheat from the University of Alaska!  He brings with him Claudia Paul and Trevor Fournier. Geoff uses tracers to understand processes that influence the cycle of elements in the oceans.  Much of his work focuses on the transport of fluids through the oceanic crust in a range of settings including hydrothermal systems on mid-ocean ridges and flanks and seepage sites along zones of subduction and in coastal environments.  Studies typically include sampling and analyzing fluids and solids, developing transport-reaction models, and relating results to geochemical cycles and crustal evolution. He also runs Seafloor Science ROV Day Camp,  a STEM-based summer camp for students entering 3-5th grades and 6-9th grades.
Geoff and his team will be working out of 502 in the Main Building and operating the ICPMS.  You might also find Geoff in his office over in the faculty wing.  Throughout the process of bringing him onboard, Geoff has expressed his eagerness and enthusiasm to meet and work with our students.  Please join me in welcoming Geoff, Claudia and Trevor to MLML!

Ross Clark talks aquaculture and methane emissions in new article

Ross Clark, director of the Central Coast Wetlands Group at Moss Landing Marine Labs and regular contributor the the Santa Cruz Sentinel, has a new article out! For this piece, Mr. Clark highlights MLML scientists, aiming to reduce methane emissions through aquaculture. Read more here.


Scientists at Moss Landing Marine Labs aquaculture center hope recently initiated research will have the potential to revitalize the dairy industry while simultaneously propelling the algal aquaculture industry and simultaneously reducing U.S. dairies carbon emissions. Recent research has shown that changes in feeding strategies, such as supplemental seaweed feed additives (used at 1-2 percent of feed material) can reduce methane production from cattle by up to 99 percent.

Current success in reducing methane has been through the use of a warm water non-native algae species added to the feed. Moss Landing scientists are hoping to identify local species that can perform the same function and can be grown locally without risk of introducing invasive species to our marine environment.