Coastal Science Campus Facilities

Located on the edge of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, UCSC's Coastal Science Campus is a 100-acre site that encompasses Younger Lagoon Reserve, UCSC research and education facilities, and state and federal research laboratories (see Research Partnerships). Facilities currently located at the Coastal Science Campus include UCSC's Joseph M. Long Marine Laboratory and its Seymour Marine Discovery Center and Center for Ocean Health; the National Marine Fisheries, Southwest Fisheries Science Center Fisheries Ecology Division; and a California Department of Fish and Wildlife laboratory (the Marine Wildlife Veterinary Care and Research Center). 

Groundbreaking for the Coastal Biology building took place in May 2015, with completion and occupancy occuring in September 2017. This state-of-the-art 40,000 square foot facility includes a 125-seat classroom and two smaller classrooms, running seawater plumbed to a core seawater laboratory for teaching classes and holding live marine life; analytical labs and rooms for specialized equipment; meeting spaces and conference rooms; and offices and research laboratories. An ancillary complex of greenhouses for research and habitat restoration work is located directly across McAllister Way from the main building. The Coastal Biology building supports research and teaching on coastal conservation, ecology, habitat restoration, climate change impacts, and policy. The building houses all of the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department and its activities (research collaboration, graduate training, undergraduate education and field courses) and will allow for expansion of programs in physiology, evolution, coastal sustainability and policy. It strengthens partnerships and research collaborations with government agencies and conservation organizations based on or near the Coastal Science Campus.