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: professor 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 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