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Mission Statement

To provide scientific expertise and support services for environmental research and monitoring throughout the state of California.


The Marine Pollution Studies Laboratory (MPSL) is a collaborative research consortium of scientists at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML), the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG), and the University of California, Davis (UC Davis).  This unique, long term assemblage of researchers evolved to provide a wide range of environmental expertise to local, state, and federal agencies charged with assessing and monitoring the waters in California.  The greatest asset of this collaboration is the integration of disparate fields of applied science under common principles of scientific defensibility and quality. 

Capabilities of the laboratories include all aspects of study design, sampling, analytical support, toxicity testing, biological services, quality assurance, data management, data analysis, and dissemination of information to a variety of technical and non-technical audiences.

MPSL-MLML, in Moss Landing, California provides facilities and capabilities for field and laboratory research projects, data management, quality assurance, and program management. 

MPSL-DFG, also in Moss Landing, California has extensive capabilities in trace clean and biological sampling, as well as laboratory preparation and analytical capabilities for low level analysis of trace metals and mercury in water, sediment, and tissue samples.  If you have specific questions for MPSL-DFG, please contact Wesley Heim.

MPSL-WPCL in Rancho Cordova, California is one of the premier analytical laboratories in California and performs trace organic and inorganic analyses on water, sediment, and tissue samples. 

MPSL-Granite Canyon, located at the UC Davis facility on the Big Sur coast, conducts applied toxicology research.  The lab utilizes standard and novel toxicity analysis testing methods developed for evaluating the health of watersheds, estuaries, and coastal waters. 

MPSL-ABL focuses on the identification and assessment of benthic macroinvertebrate (BMI) communities in supporting stream assessment programs of California's water quality management objectives.

Each of these groups brings unique resources to the consortium through personable staff with unmatched energy and enthusiasm in their respective fields of science.  If you would like to learn more about the specific capabilities of each group, please click on any of the links above or on the left.

To discuss your research project and how MPSL can help you achieve your research goals and objectives contact Russell Fairey.

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