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Jim Harvey, Ph.D.

Multiple Campuses
Director of Moss Landing Marine Laboratories

Jim Harvey, Ph.D. Multiple campuses

​​A 1979 graduate of the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML) master’s program, Jim Harvey, Ph.D., is currently the MLML director and was a professor from 1979 to 2016.

“Moss Landing Marine Laboratories has a unique position in marine science because of its location, facilities and personnel, but most importantly its character,” says Dr. Harvey. “The spirit of MLML is one of adventure, exploration, common goals, excellent science, environmental stewardship and dedication to preserving the world’s oceans.”

Harvey’s recent research includes the feeding ecology of California sea lions and Pacific harbor seals; pinniped (aquatic carnivorous mammals, such as seals and walruses) and fishery interactions; assessing natural and anthropogenic (the influence of human beings on nature) changes in populations of birds, mammals and turtles in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary; and development of remote attachment and release mechanisms for data recorders on cetaceans (marine mammals), pinnipeds and sea turtles.

In 2016, the California State University celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, a multi-campus consortium of marine science researchers, faculty and staff from CSU campuses in East Bay, Fresno, Monterey Bay, Sacramento, San Francisco, Stanislaus and at San José, which serves as the administrative campus. MLML administers the M.S. in marine science program for these northern and central California campuses.

Current projects at the laboratories include studying how mercury is transported on land via fog; the effects of ocean acidification on fish populations; changes to beach morphology in Monterey Bay during storm activity associated with the 2015 El Niño; invasive species detection in coastal waters; coral reef biodiversity in Indonesia; and how ships and other vessels impact whales.

Looking to the future, MLML will train leaders in sustainable aquaculture— the breeding, raising and harvesting of plants and animals in water environments—through its new Center for Aquaculture. Planning also is underway to acquire a 49-meter research vessel in collaboration with UC San Diego’s Scripps Institute of Oceanography and to partner with UC Santa Cruz to introduce a Ph.D. program at MLML.