Moss Landing Marine Laboratories

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Moss Landing Marine Laboratories
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AffiliationsCalifornia State University system; Sea grant colleges

The Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML) is a multi-campus marine research consortium of the California State University System, headquartered at Moss Landing, California.


Moss Landing Marine Laboratories is part of the California State University, administered by San Jose State University (SJSU), and located in Moss Landing, California. The main building is located at 8272 Moss Landing Road, 36°47′40″N 121°47′15″W / 36.79441°N 121.78762°W / 36.79441; -121.78762Coordinates: 36°47′40″N 121°47′15″W / 36.79441°N 121.78762°W / 36.79441; -121.78762. It was established in 1966.[1] At the midpoint of the coast of Monterey Bay, it is only a few hundred meters from Monterey Canyon, the largest undersea canyon on the west coast of the Americas. As a result, researchers are able to reach areas with depths greater than 1000 meters in less than an hour by boat from the facility.

The facility is a sea grant college, which offers a Master's of Science degree in marine sciences through the seven universities that make up the consortium, as well as offering graduate and undergraduate marine science courses to the students of the campuses.

The seven members of the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories consortium are:

Researchers at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories also collaborate with scientists at other institutions in analysis of marine chemistry and marine species. One frequent partner for such collaboration is the Marine Mammal Center.

Research vessels[edit]

MLML operates two vessels, the 56-foot (17 m) R/V John H. Martin, and the 30-foot (9.1 m) R/V Sheila B.

Sea Grant[edit]

Moss Landing Marine Laboratories participates in the Sea Grant Colleges program by hosting an office of the UC Sea Grant Extension Program, affiliated with University of California, San Diego.[2]


The Submersible Capable of Under Ice Navigation and Imaging was a National Science Foundation funded research project for robotic under the sea ice for surveying and exploration in Antarctica from 2007 through 2009.[3]

The Vertical Transport and Exchange of Ocean Particulate program (VERTEX) was initiated by Moss Landing Marine Labs in 1981 by Dr. John Martin.[4] This project resulted in the development of the Iron Iron fertilization theory (then known as the Iron Hypothesis) which stated iron was a limiting factor in ocean water phytoplankton production and its influence for climate change.[5] Dr.Martin was dubbed the nickname "Iron Man" for his role in this discovery.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About Us". Moss Landing Marine Laboratories official web site. Retrieved December 4, 2010.
  2. ^ "A Sea Grant Story". Agriculture and Natural Resources – University of California – official web site. Archived from the original on October 20, 2007. Retrieved December 4, 2010.
  3. ^ "Submersible Capable of Under Ice Navigation and Imaging". Moss Landing Marine Laboratories official web site. Archived from the original on November 5, 2010. Retrieved December 4, 2010.
  4. ^ "John Martin". 10 July 2001.
  5. ^ Martin, John H.; Gordon, R. Michael; Fitzwater, Steve E. (1990). "Iron in Antarctic waters". Nature. 345 (6271): 156–8. Bibcode:1990Natur.345..156M. doi:10.1038/345156a0. S2CID 25799856.
  6. ^ "John Martin". 10 July 2001.

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