​​The CSU's Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML) turns 50 this year.  Established in 1966, MLML is a consortium of seven CSU campuses:  East Bay, Fresno, Monterey Bay, Sacramento, San Francisco, San José, and Stanislaus.

One of the first institutions in the U.S. to offer a
master's degree in marine science, MLML has graduated nearly 650 master's students. The laboratory emphasizes hands-on experiences and independent research in a variety of disciplines, including marine ecology, oceanography and aquaculture, and prepares students to be at the forefront of solving marine issues.

Over the past half-century, MLML has grown from a small facility to a thriving research community of faculty, staff and graduate students. Researchers have participated in studies on climate change, global warming, fisheries and biodiversity just over the last decade.

Current projects include studying how mercury is transported on land via fog, the effects of climate change on fish, the diving physiology of elephant seals, and how ships and other vessels impact whales.

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n its next 50 years, MLML will lead the way in aquaculture, the breeding, raising and harvesting of plants and animals in water environments, and train leaders in sustainable aquaculture through its proposed Center for Aquaculture.

The laboratory also aims to build collaboration with other research and teaching institutions in California, expand opportunities for underrepresented students in marine science, and develop a joint Ph.D. program in marine science.

"Moss Landing Marine Laboratories has a unique position in marine science because of its location, facilities, personnel, but most importantly its character," says Jim Harvey, Ph.D., director of Moss Landing Marine Laboratories. "The spirit of MLML is one of adventure, exploration, common goals, excellent science, environmental stewardship, and fun."

Read more about MLML research and its achievements over the past 50 years.