Bodega Marine Reserve, the 362-acres surrounding the Bodega Marine Laboratory, provides protected lands and waters for research and education. Researchers and instructors are drawn to the remarkably diverse and dramatic habitats packed into a small area. Subtidal, rocky intertidal, mudflat, sandy beach, fresh and saltwater marsh, coastal grassland and dune communities are all within walking distance of each other. The site is known for the strength of wind-driven coastal upwelling and the complex geology of the San Andreas fault.
Reserve staff coordinate research on the reserve and support field investigations for scientists working from San Francisco to Point Arena.