Research Campus

Marine Science on the Mendocino Coast

Because the Mendocino Coast is fairly remote and without a major university, there is relatively little data about marine ecosystems along this very productive section of coastline.  Our scoping efforts for the Noyo Center engaged a top-notch team of marine scientists and field laboratory managers.  This effort illuminated the need for a research facility that could provide resources and lab space suitable for a cold water environment, as well as housing to accommodate visiting researchers.

At the Noyo Center, we envision daily tours of the Marine Laboratory and Discovery Center that will provide all visitors (residents, workers, school children, tourists) with an understanding of the scientific process and the value of ongoing marine research. We plan to host our regular lecture series at the Discovery Center Auditorium.  In this program, resident researchers will educate and engage in discussion with visitors and locals about issues facing our coastal ocean in order to inspire further exploration and action.

The research campus has been conceptualized with the goal of creating a world-class research facility that provides multiple spaces for organized as well as spontaneous and informal discussion.  Scientists from around the world will be able to focus on their work in an environment of opportunity for cooperation and collaboration.

The Lab Facility will include:

  • 24 shared work and multi-use lab units
  • Private lockable storage pods for field equipment
  • Two marine mammal holding yards and a marine mammal triage lab
  • A teaching classroom
  • Collaborative work space


The Administration Building for the Noyo Center will be located near the laboratory, and will include four private offices, a library, a multi-purpose meeting room, and a conference room with kitchen.

Support Facilities onsite will include a corporation yard building with mud room, dive lockers, showers, an air station, and boat and vehicle storage.  Additional support facilities in Noyo Harbor may also be considered.

The Researcher Housing Pods will be small with a bedroom, bath and efficiency kitchen. A housing commons called the Lodge provides community living space, a large kitchen, and the opportunity for researchers to informally share experiences. The 20 units of housing will be located behind and adjacent to the Marine Research facility, nestled amongst trees, with all units taking advantage of passive solar design and organized around a central common green area with earthen berms to provide protection from wind and rain in winter.

Follow the link for the Research Campus Design Schematics or click below for a quick look at the design drawings.