About Us

Have you ever wondered what being a marine biologist is really like? Then Drop In to Moss Landing Marine Labs! On this page you can find out more about the Drop In to Moss Landing blog, and more about Moss Landing Marine Labs (also called MLML).

Drop on in to our blog!

Who are we and why are we blogging?

The Drop In to Moss Landing blog is maintained by graduate students at MLML contributing on a volunteer basis. The blog represents our individual thoughts, opinions and experiences. Our goal in creating this site is to engage and provide resources for future marine scientists and marine science enthusiasts, especially high school and college students and educators.

Make sure to check out our welcome post to learn more about the cool features of the blog.  We hope to keep it updated weekly, so keep checking back with for new exciting stories!  If you are an educator or student, and there is something you are really keen for us to include on our blog, please contact us (blogger@mlml.calstate.edu) and let us know! This website is your resource!

On the subject of feedback, why don’t we discuss our comment and question policy here…

Comments and Questions Policy:

Drop In to Moss Landing is intended for the discussion of marine science and the life and happenings at a marine lab. While we encourage your comments, we do not wish to engage in political or otherwise heated debate on the blog. Our blog represents individual thoughts and opinions of members of the Moss Landing Marine Labs community, who contribute on a volunteer basis. Please be respectful and play nice! All comments are subject to moderation, and any inflammatory, inappropriate or aggressive comments will not be posted.

We also encourage your questions about marine organisms, the work of a marine scientist and the life of a grad student. We want to share the bounty of our learning and experience with you! However, please keep in mind that we are not a “get the answers to your biology homework” provider. You can post your questions as comments or email them to blogger@mlml.calstate.edu. We would love to keep track the extent of our network, so if you are a student or teacher, please include your grade, school and location in your comment or question!

Though we would love to respond to every question and comment individually (and will try our hardest!), this will not always be possible. We are just students writing for this blog for fun, and pesky time drains like classes, work and thesis research may bog us down. If enough people ask us similar questions, we will create a Frequently Asked Questions page. Also, we may choose to answer questions that really excite us with a full blog post, such as our “Ask a Grad Student” feature. So please be patient, and know that even if we don’t respond right away, we appreciate hearing from you!

What are we doing when we’re not blogging?

Welcome to the inside look at Moss Landing Marine Labs! Come explore!

Welcome to the inside look at Moss Landing Marine Labs! Come explore!

Moss Landing Marine Laboratories is located in the heart of Monterey Bay in Moss Landing, California. Our lab facility serves a consortium of seven Cal State campuses in northern and central California: CSU East Bay, CSU Fresno, CSU Monterey Bay, CSU Sacramento, CSU Stanislaus, San Francisco State University, and San Jose State University. Moss Landing Marine Laboratories administers a Masters of Science program and offers research opportunities in all disciplines of marine science, including: marine ecology, the biology of marine plants, invertebrates, fishes, birds, turtles and mammals, oceanography, and marine geology, chemistry, and biogeochemistry.

MLML operates as a community. Our labs are home to about 100 graduate students, with about half coming from California, half from other states and just a few from other countries. An additional 20 undergraduates attend classes here. Our faculty members teach the majority of our courses. Thesis research opportunities and paid positions in research and teaching are available to students thorough our community of 9 faculty, 10 adjuncts, and 6 affiliated programs.

You can find lots more information at the Moss Landing Marine Labs website, including information about our graduate program requirements, our faculty, our Friends of Moss Landing group. Keep your finger on the pulse of marine lab life by reading the blog!