College of Science

Department of Marine Science

Research Labs & Programs

scuba training in csumb pool

Research Diving Program

PI: Dr. James Lindholm

CSUMB is an organizational member of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS).

shark tagging from boat

Jorgensen Ocean Predator Ecology Lab

PI: Dr. Sal Jorgensen

Area of Research: Ocean predator movement, population dynamics, ecological interactions, electronic tagging, biologging

coastline at sunset

Rote Program

Professorship: Dr. James Lindholm

The Rote Program supports annual and recurring public events, workshops on science communication, and invited speakers on topics of the interface of marine science and policy. It also funds undergraduate and graduate students in research on applied topics, as well as faculty research conducted in support of governance at state, federal, and international levels.


bleached coral

Environmental Physiology Lab

PI: Dr. Cheryl Logan

Areas of Research: Marine ecological & evolutionary physiology, climate change stress physiology, ecological forecasting

intertidal critters

Coastal Ecology Lab

PI: Dr. Alison Haupt

Area of Research: Population ecology, kelp forest community disturbance, citizen science

drone instruction

NOAA Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems

Program inquiries: Dr. Krista Kamer

The objective of the CCME is to educate and train a new generation of scientists, in NOAA-relevant STEM disciplines and social sciences, equipped to utilize interdisciplinary approaches to address issues confronting marine and coastal communities.

3d cross section of Carmel canyon

Video Analysis & Fish Ecology Lab

PI: Dr. James Lindholm

Areas of Research: Shelf & slope ecology, image-based approaches to data collection, application of science to policy & management

cluster of phytoplankton

Biol-Oceanography Lab

PI: Dr. Sherry Palacios

Area of Research: Phytoplankton biodiversity, meso-scale ocean features, remote sensing, aquatic optics


Marine Science Research Group

(formerly IfAME, link to old website)

Marine Science faculty developed this restructured organizational design to sustainably couple their strong extramural research programs, growing academic curriculum, and established community engagement programs.