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RESEARCH OVERVIEW

MLML has a rich history of conducting research in the local environments in close proximity to the lab in central Monterey Bay (e.g. Elkhorn Slough, Monterey Submarine Canyon, and the kelp beds of Monterey and Santa Cruz), in addition to far flung locales such as Antarctica, Alaska, Bering Sea, Indian Ocean, Baja, Chile, Philippines, the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, and throughout the seas. The former 135’ R/V Point Sur that MLML operated for the National Science Foundation mostly operated in the California Current System, but also ventured to the coasts of Antarctica, Alaska, and Hawaii. Scientists from MLML continue to explore research ideas around the world.
Researchers at MLML have various designations. The tenure-track or tenured Regular Faculty serves as the major advisors and teachers for the 80-95 graduate students enrolled at MLML but also conduct active international and local research programs. The Research Faculty conduct research via contracts or grants funded by governmental or private funding sources but they also help mentor students and occasionally teach a course.  The Research Affiliates also are soft-money researchers but do not typically mentor students or teach. The final category of researchers is Adjunct Faculty, who conducts research through MLML but are not physically on site. All of these affiliated researchers (i.e. not Regular Faculty) add great depth to the disciplines featured at MLML and provide research opportunities and employment for our students.
Because much of the research at MLML is conducted locally, much of the infrastructure has been developed to support this regional research activity. We have a robust and diverse marine operations, dive program, instrumentation, and facilities. There is an excellent wood and metal shop with well trained and capable facilities personnel to help researchers with fabrication and repair.
The types of research conducted by faculty, researchers, and students are only bounded by the imagination of the person. We try not to create barriers for exploration.

Areas of Research

 

Organismal Research

 Faculty

Can serve as Major Advisor

Mike Graham: Seaweeds
Jon Geller: Invertebrate and Molecular Ecology
Scott Hamilton: Fishes
Gitte McDonald: Seabirds and Marine Mammals

 

Research Affiliates

Can serve on thesis committees

Scott Benson: Sea Turtles
Research Faculty

Can serve as mentors and on thesis committees

Diana Steller: Marine Botany and Diving Safety Officer
Dave Ebert: Sharks, Skates, and Rays
Rick Starr: Fisheries Ecology and Management
Alison Stimpert: Bioacoustics and Marine Mammals
Iliana Ruiz-Cooley: Trophic Ecology and Large Predators
Val Loeb: Plankton Ecology
Stacy Kim: Benthic Ecology
John Oliver: Benthic Ecology and Wetlands Restoration

 

Environmental Sciences Research

Faculty

Can serve as Major Advisor

Tom Connolly: Physical Oceanography
Ivano Aiello: Marine Geology
Kenneth Coale: Biogeochemistry
Nick Welschmeyer: Biological oceanography

 

Research Affiliates

Can serve on thesis committees

Qing Wang: Atmospheric science
Tim Stanton: Polar Science
Research Faculty

Can serve as mentors and on thesis committees

Kim Null: Nutrient Cycling
Jason Smith: Environmental Chemistry and Sensor Technology
Rusty Fairey: Water Quality Monitoring
Wes Heim: Water Quality Chemistry
Colleen Durkin: Planktonic Ecology and the Biological Pump