The Marine Physical Laboratory (MPL) was established just after World War II ended as a follow-up of wartime scientific programs. For almost 70 years, MPL has maintained a strong multidisciplinary research program consisting entirely of sponsored exploratory and technology based oceanographic research and scientific development.

As an organized research unit of the University of California, San Diego, MPL serves an integral part of the academic environment of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and in the sponsorship and supervision of graduate student research in areas of ocean sciences and technology.

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MPL News

A gray wahle breaching. Photo: Alisa Schulman-Janiger

Research Highlight: Scientists Find Key Changes in Gray Whale Migration Routes off Southern California
Increasing numbers of gray whales migrating closer to shore could put whales at risk for ship strikes, entanglements, and pollution

Master's student Jessica Sportelli on a Zodiac in the Churchill River in Canada.

Scripps Student Spotlight: Jessica Sportelli
Marine biology master’s student is studying whale acoustics to identify why killer whales are migrating to new places

Photo of the Week: Lost Ship Remembered
U.S. Navy honors crew of ship whose sunken stern was found by Project Recover

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