Message from the Station Leader

Welcome to the U.S. Geological Survey’s Marrowstone Marine Field Station.

Paul Hershberger, Station Leader, USGS MMFS

The USGS Marrowstone Marine Field Station (MMFS) is a marine ecosystem health research facility for the Department of the Interior; our scientific efforts are directed towards understanding, forecasting, and mitigating the impacts of infectious and parasitic diseases on wild, marine and anadromous fishes.  In addition to providing easy access to Puget Sound for disease surveillance work, the facility offers unique capabilities for examining disease processes under controlled laboratory conditions.  The scientists at the MMFS are pioneers in the field of experimental marine disease ecology, and we thoroughly enjoy sharing our beautiful facility and resources with scientific partners through our many ongoing collaborations. 

Please enjoy your exploration of our web site.  I am pleased to provide you with an opportunity to learn more about us, our scientific interests and capabilities, and, most importantly, the range and magnitude of threats affecting marine resources throughout the Northeast Pacific Ocean.   I hope this site provides you with the information you seek or stimulates your interest in the conservation of marine resources.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Dr. Paul Hershberger, Station Leader, Marrowstone Marine Field Station