• Group of students wearing bright colors and galoshes walking away from the ocean.
  • two students in the lab
  • Students in the ocean doing research with one student in the foreground
  • two students looking at aquarium
  • student in the lab overlooking a tank
  • Students leaning over a water tank with fish in it
  • Students collecting water samples at the beach/river
  • Students studying measurements at the ocean - landscape photo with beautiful background
  • three students on a boat handling a large starfish or squid
  • Students studying at the beach with their class

The Marine Lab is located in Trinidad, CA, 14 miles from the Cal Poly Humboldt campus. The lab has a 40,000 gallon state-of-the-art seawater system and is a short walk to sandy beaches, rocky intertidal zones, and subtidal kelp beds.

side view of the coral sea. A green and white large vessel on the water

The R/V Coral Sea is one of the largest research vessels dedicated to undergraduate education and research in the US. The vessel is an oceangoing laboratory for students and available for research charters.

Faculty & Research

Frank Shaughnessy
Arne Jacobson
Rafael Cuevas Uribe holding a fish
Christine Cass
Jeff Abell
Tim Mulligan
Dan Barton
Mark Henderson
Joe Tyburczy
Rick Zechman bio photo
Helen Mulligan
Paul Bourdeau
Brian Tissot
Dawn Goley
David Hankin
Laurie Richmond
Danny O'Shea
Andrew Kinzinger
Sean Craig
Erick Bjorkstedt

Meet our faculty researchers and discover what we are currently researching in the marine environment.

Cal Poly Humboldt Courses at the Marine Lab

a group of students in the lab's classroom

Many of Cal Poly Humboldt's Marine Sciences courses are taught in our full size classrooms at the Marine Lab.


We are located in the small coastal town of Trinidad, CA about 14 miles north of the Cal Poly Humboldt, 20 miles south of Redwood National Park, and 285 miles north of San Francisco.


arial photo of Trinidad with and arrow pointing to the marine lab

570 Ewing Street

PO Box 690
Trinidad, CA 95570


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