In coordination with the Sonoma County Health Order, the Bodega Marine Laboratory has suspended visiting hours and public tours until further notice.

Bodega Marine Laboratory and Bodega Marine Reserve are open to UC Davis affiliates who must review and submit appropriate documentation, see COVID-19 Safety Plan & Operating Procedures.

COVID-19 Safety Plan & Operating Procedures

Bodega Marine Laboratory (BML) and Bodega Marine Reserve (BMR) COVID-19 Safety Plan and Operating Procedures

attentionFLU SHOT MANDATE - All UC faculty, staff and students must have influenza vaccinations by Nov. 1, 2020, under an executive order from the Office of the President. More information on the flu vaccination mandate

attentionREQUIRED “Return to Campus eLearning” - All employees who are currently working in-person are required to complete this 12-minute online training by Sept. 25, 2020. All employees, regardless of remote working status, are required to complete the course by Dec. 15, 2020.

All users must follow the steps below before accessing BML and BMR:


1/ All users must read through the COVID-19 Safety Plan & Operating Procedures. It’s imperative that you understand the plan and agree to the terms, particularly the established special hygiene protocols.  

2/ All users must review the COVID-19 Cleaning and Disinfection Protocols

3/ All users must sign and return the COVID-19 Safety Plan & Operating Procedure acknowledgement to Al Carranza for filing. Please do not sign this acknowledgement until you have read the COVID-19 Safety Plan & Operating Procedures carefully and completely. Failure to comply with any of the requirements within this document may result in your restriction from the Lab and Reserve. 

4/ All users must complete the Daily Symptom Survey before entering BML facilities (once a day when on site).

5/ All users must fill out the Daily Access Log for every visit to BML/BMR to track your arrival and departure time and the spaces you were in.

Research Users

In addition to the above steps, Principal Investigators need to complete and submit the Activity Request Form for laboratory and research activities. This form should be completed by PIs or their designated authority. If there are multiple projects proposed, please fill out one for each distinct project.

Return the form to Al Carranza who will forward it for appropriate approval.

This form will ensure that the project(s) you are proposing meets with the current requirements established by the UC Davis Office of Research:

  • Seasonal data collection such as field and agricultural work, time-sensitive human subject research studies, experiments close to completion – or deadline driven – whose pause or deferral would lead to long delays or loss of research results. 

  • Generation-driven animal and plant experimentation must be carried out or the value of the animal colony or plant varieties for research will be lost.

  • Lab and field access for students and postdocs close to completing their degree/term of appointment.  Research that is critical to meet thesis requirements for a final defense in the upcoming term or requirements before a graduating student can start a new position that has already been accepted. 

  • Necessary facilities should be staffed and operational to support only the ongoing research activities during Phase II.  Research activities dependent on BML common use facilities (e.g. wet labs) may thus be having a gradual ramp-up during this phase and will be vetted through a process defined by the facilities managers and BML administration. 

Please direct questions/comments about these procedures to