Bodega Marine Laboratory is located on Bodega Head about 3 miles (5 km) from the community of Bodega Bay, 28 miles (45 km) from Santa Rosa, 65 miles (105 km) north of San Francisco and 100 miles (161 km) west of Davis, California. Bodega Head is a promontory approximately 4 miles (6.4 km) long and 1 mile (1.6 km) wide, which shelters Bodega Harbor. The community of Bodega Bay is one of the north coast’s busiest fishing ports and a popular tourist destination.
Bodega Marine Laboratory is an off-campus research laboratory operated by the University of California at Davis. Scientists are attracted by the diversity and abundance of sea life and have studied the marine environment around Bodega Head since the 1920s. On-going research is addressing the impacts of climate change on the ocean and atmosphere, invasive species, the effects of oil spills and other pollutants, the effects of proposed energy gathering systems, the effects of marine protected areas, and how changing ocean productivity affects salmon and other species at the top of the food chain.
The lab was opened in 1966 and has been managed by UC Davis since 1984. The facility’s main buildings house 65 laboratories and offices for resident and visiting scientists, students and support staff. The lab also includes classrooms, lecture halls, public education spaces, libraries, computer facilities, residence halls, and conference rooms. Large public aquaria and displays provide marine education to visitors while wet labs and seawater aquariums provide controlled environments for the study of marine and estuarine organisms. Support buildings include research greenhouses and facilities for marine algal culture and endangered salmon research. A central service facility includes buildings for diving operations support and for housing small boats, vehicles, sampling gear, and equipment. Read more here and here. Explore more of Bodega Marine Laboratory and Bodega Bay here: