The Scientist Friends of the Museum is a group of 20 renowned scientists who serve as advisors to the Museum.  These members have contributed to the rich and diverse science education offerings by the Museum over the years.

Gregor Cailliet: professor Emeritus of Biology (Ichthyology) Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, California State University System and Co-Director, Pacific Shark Research Center


Ed Clifton: geologist


Gage Dayton: administrative director of the UCSC of California Natural Reserves


Bruce Carlos Delgado: mayor of Marina, CA


Andres Durstenfeld: professor of biology at Monterey Peninsula College


Daniel Fernandez: professor science and environmental policy, CSUMB


David Greenfield:  emeritus professor of Zoology, Univ. of Hawaii: research associate Department of Ichthyology California Academy of Sciences


Elin Kelsey: award winning author, educator, researcher


Robert N. Lea: research associate in Ichthyology, California Academy of Sciences; research associate in Ichthyology, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County; research affiliate, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories; American Fisheries Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists – Committee on Names of Fishes


Laura Lee Lienk: coordinator at Applied Science and Technology for the Service Learning Institute CSUMB; Specialist Science and Environmental/Watershed; director at Return of the Natives Restoration Education Project


George Matsumoto: senior education and research specialist, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute


Todd Newbury: professor emeritus ecology and evolutionary biology UCSC; biology of ascidians; modular organisms; biosystems; author 'The Ardent Birder.'


Stephen Palumbi: director Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University; Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation; senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment


John Pearse: professor emeritus marine biology, ecology, and evolutionary biology


Mark Readdie: resident director and reserve manager for the University of California Natural Reserve System and UCSC at Landels-Hill Big Creek Reserve System


Doug Smith: professor and chair in the Division of Science and Environmental Policy at CSU Monterey Bay


Stuart Weiss: co-founder Creekside Center for Earth Observation


Michael Westphal: ecologist, Bureau of Land Management, US Dept. of the Interior, Hollister, CA field office


Joe Wible: retired head librarian and bibliographer at Stanford’s Hopkins Marine Station’s Harold A. Miller Library


Suzanne Worcester: professor of science and environmental policy CSUMB