Resources for Visiting Researchers
Planning Fieldwork at BML/BMR:
Reserve Use Application
You must apply to use the Bodega Marine Reserve and adjacent areas before you begin your research or instruction.
- You must submit an application and an activity request. Apply online, see Reservation & Application Form. This is the same online form for applying for Housing or laboratory use. The Reserve staff will receive an email when you submit an activity request, and you will be notified by email when the Reserve staff approves the activity request.
- We recommend that you discuss your plans with the Reserve Research Coordinator, before application.
- Most Reserve users will also need to download and submit a signed Reserve Use Waiver.
- For additional information, see Bodega Marine Laboratory and Reserve Policies and Procedures.
Lab Space and Support
- If your research requires Lab space, you will need to complete the BML Reservation & Application Form.
- Arrangements can be made for desk, bench or general work space through Kitty Brown, 707-875-2006.
- The Cadet Hand Library is available to all authorized Reserve users. For specific questions regarding the library contact the librarian.
For information regarding network services and computer support for visiting researchers, see BML Computing Resources for Visiting Researchers.
Housing at BML requires an online application and reservation. BML housing can fill up quickly so reservations should be made early, particularly for the summer field season.
- A variety of housing arrangements are available – see BML Housing Information.
- For more information contact Lisa Valentine, 707-875-2002.
- CDFW Collecting permit- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife requires a scientific collecting permit for collecting most organisms in California. These permits can take 6 months or longer to process, so submit early.
- NOAA Marine Sanctuary permits- Permits are required to conduct research within the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, including the placement of temporary moorings.
To find out if your study site falls within these boundaries (includes Bodega Bay) see the Sanctuary map. See National Marine Sanctuaries for permit information.
- Local Notice to Mariners- You will need to post a notice to mariners if you plan to deploy any structure in waters where vessels navigate (which includes flat intertidal
areas). This can be done through the US Coast Guard.
- Federal and state park permits- You will also need a research permit to work in any of the state and federal parks in the Bodega Bay area. Contact Brendan O’Neil at California State Parks, 707-865-3129, for an application to work in local state parks. To apply to work in Point Reyes National Seashore, contact Ben Becker, 415-464-5247.
Special diving status is required to use scuba under UC auspices:
- Letter of reciprocity from home campus diving officer
- Regular certification
- Records of 12 open-water dives
- Dive medical exam
- Current first aid, CPR and Oxygen administration
- Check-out dive with Diving Safety Officer, Jason Herum
- The Diving Control Board must approve any research project requiring scientific diving.
- See Dive policies and project approval forms
- See UCD/BML Dive Program
- Contact Diving Safety Officer Jason Herum well in advance of planned diving activity.
Training is required to operate BML motorized boats, and a running-time fee is charged. Operators are available but require an additional hourly fee.
- BML Vessel Operations and Boat info
- BML/UCD Boating Safety programs
- Local Notice to Mariners (LNM)
- USCG Request to Post a Notice to Mariners
Greenhouses are available to support field experiments or for greenhouse experiments. Contact the Reserve Research Coordinator to inquire about space.
- If your research involves vertebrate animals, you will need an Animal Use and Care permit from the UCD campus.
- If you plan to keep plants or animals in BML tanks you should consult with the Aquatic Resources Group (ARG) to acquire aquarium space. There is no charge for graduate students to use a reasonable amount of space, and collecting, extra care, or specialized feeding can be provided at an hourly rate.
- Basic life support and feeding arrangements should be made in advance so that specimens do not suffer through neglect.
- Consulting with ARG about your project will help you in the planning phase and in determining how to budget for research expenses.
- Contact Aquatic Resouces Group, 707-875-1978.