The Bodega Marine Laboratory is an outpost of academic excellence dedicated to high-quality multi-disciplinary research that addresses marine and coastal issues on both sides of the tideline. We are further dedicated to educating the next generation of marine scientists through hands-on field and laboratory training that immerses students in variety of disciplines. Concurrently, BML is committed to public education and outreach through our active docent program and exquisite aquaria, touch tank mesocosm and a variety of interpretive displays. While BML is supported by in part by UC Davis and research grants, we rely on private support in order to maintain our excellence and commitment to valuable programs that serve researchers, students and the public. Generous donations over the years have spared BML from having to make more deleterious cuts to core infrastructure and programmatic support. These donations – from individuals who share our concern about the oceans – are desperately needed to keep BML leading the state and nation at addressing critical issues that face the ocean, and to keep us promoting ocean issues to the public.