About the Bodega Marine Laboratory

Bodega Marine Laboratory (BML) is a leader in multidisciplinary research aimed at solving complex environmental problems in coastal ecosystems.

Our Mission:

Through innovative research programs and teaching initiatives, the Bodega Marine Laboratory will lead the way to the multi-disciplinary scientific understanding required to solve complex environmental problems on the marine and terrestrial sides of the tideline in northern California.

For nearly 50 years, BML has also provided hands-on training to students who have become leaders in the fields of marine science and policy. BML’s long history of research and training has contributed invaluably to our knowledge of coastal systems and the policy that protects them.

BML fosters an interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to address challenging questions at the rapidly changing land-sea interface, including

Faculty and researchers are addressing a diverse array of basic and applied research problems, including the impacts of climate change on marine and atmospheric systems, invasive species, the effect of oil spills and other pollutants on diverse habitats and organisms, the effect of proposed energy gathering systems and marine protected areas on marine habitats and communities, and how changing productivity affects salmon and other species at the top of the food chain.

Scientists have studied the environs around Bodega Marine Laboratory since the 1920s, attracted by the diversity and abundance of sea life that occurs in the region, which is one of the four most productive coastal ocean ecosystems on earth. BML’s suite of facilities and proximity to diverse habitats are critical to UC Davis scientists, and BML serves as the gateway to coastal/environmental research for 80+ UC Davis faculty, including 10 resident faculty from 4 colleges and many departments. UC Davis’ contingent of coastal/environmental scientists is internationally renowned and the Bodega Marine Laboratory is a key partner in the UC Davis Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute, a new program that cultivates partnerships for discovering, understanding and communicating science for effective stewardship of ocean and coastal environments in California and beyond.

An Organized Research Unit of the University of California, Davis the Bodega Marine Laboratory is a specialized facility equipped with a meteorological and oceanographic observation network and long term data set, the Cadet Hand Library, teaching classrooms, wet labs, seawater system, greenhouses, dive training facility, facility-wide animal care and support, Bodega Marine Reservehousing and conference facilities,  vessel fleet, and more. The BML community includes faculty, researchers, visiting scientists, undergraduate and graduate students, staff and volunteers.

Bodega Marine Laboratory is located off California Coast Highway 1 about three miles from the village of Bodega Bay, one of the north coast’s busiest fishing ports and a popular tourist destination. Bodega Marine Laboratory is 28 miles from Santa Rosa, 65 miles north of San Francisco and 100 miles west of Davis.

Resident faculty, researchers and students span four colleges across the UC Davis campus (see images above, and list below). BML hosts research faculty from a variety of disciplines from throughout the University system.

UC Davis College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

UC Davis College of Biological Sciences

UC Davis College of Letters and Science

UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine