The Center for Santa Monica Bay Studies (Center) was established as a joint program of the Seaver College of Science and Engineering at Loyola Marymount University  and The Bay Foundation  in December 2008.  The mission of the Center is to engage in multidisciplinary research on environmental and social issues affecting Santa Monica Bay and its watersheds, and to contribute to policies and actions that improve the environmental conditions of the Bay.  The Center is a joint program of the two institutions, whose collaborative efforts provide a regional organizing body connecting research across disciplines, as well as a forum for the dissemination and discussion of results and an opportunity for student participation and engagement.

The Center has many partners, including Loyola Marymount University’s other Centers such as the Center for Urban Resilience, which focuses on urban ecology and social science.

Center for Santa Monica Bay Studies


  • Dr. John Dorsey, Professor, Loyola Marymount University, Seaver College of Science and Engineering, Dept. of Natural Science
  • Tom Ford, Executive Director, The Bay Foundation

Advisory Board

  • Karina Johnston, Director of Watershed Programs, The Bay Foundation
  • John M. Carfora, Associate Provost, Loyola Marymount University, Research Advancement and Compliance Office of Academic Affairs
  • Mark Gold, Associate Director, University of California, Los Angeles, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
  • Dr. Jim Landry, Professor; Chair, Department of Chemistry; Sr. Director of Operations, Center for Urban Resilience (CURes)