Mission Statement

To provide scientific expertise and support services for environmental research and monitoring throughout the state of California utilizing our facilities and capabilities for field and laboratory research projects, data management, quality assurance, and program management.

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 Wildlife (DFW), 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.

The Marine Pollution Studies Lab at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MPSL-MLML) has played a leading role in California’s coastal monitoring and assessment since the early 90’s with the State Water Resources Control Board’s Bay Protection and Toxic Cleanup Program (BPTCP) and the EPA's Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program (EMAP). Beginning with this initial focus on marine sediment quality surveys, research capabilities were slowly expanded to include tissue contaminant surveys, surface water monitoring, biological invasion assessments, data management, quality assurance, and program management.  Our largest and longest running current project is the statewide SWAMP program, for which we provide numerous field, laboratory, and infrastructure support services, including management of the SWAMP Database. To get a feel for the breadth of our research over the past twenty years, you can visit MPSL-MLML Research Projects to find a list of past and current projects supported by staff at MPSL-MLML and administered through San Jose State University Research Foundation (SJSURF).

To support our extensive list of projects, MPSL-MLML has developed a variety of resources to support field sampling, laboratory sample processing and analyses, database management, Quality Assurance/Quality Control management, and data analysis and report writing.

Research expertise continues to expand with our growing MPSL-MLML Staff. We also regularly support graduate students from Moss Landing Marine Laboratories and undergraduate students from CSU Monterey Bay and UC Santa Cruz through student employment and invaluable student research opportunities.

A number of scientific reports and peer reviewed publications can be reviewed or accessed for many of our previous and past projects.

Photographs from some of our field surveys are provided to better present the wide range of sampling equipment and habitats in which MPSL-MLML is experienced.

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