About CMI

The Coastal and Marine Institute refers to the consortium of researchers, visiting scientists, students, and volunteers that work at the SDSU Coastal and Marine Institute Laboratory (CMIL). CMIL was built in 2006 on a prime coastal site at the old Naval Training Center near the airport and San Diego Bay and was conveyed to SDSU by the City of San Diego for the purposes of functioning as a research facility for students and faculty. The mission of CMIL is to perform basic and applied coastal research and to share our knowledge of the marine environment with the community.

The Coastal and Marine Institute Laboratory (CMIL) is a powerful tool for San Diego State University (SDSU) scientists who are researching environmental problems up and down the coast of southern California. CMIL offers interdisciplinary solutions to coastal zone problems in the San Diego region. The goals of CMIL are to perform research, to protect the coastal environment, and to educate scientists and students of San Diego.


Coastal and Marine Science Institute Laboratory Statement Against Racism and Discrimination

The recent deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Tony McDade, and Breonna Taylor continue to expose the systemic racism that persists in our society. We stand with members of the Black community. Racism and discrimination has no place anywhere, including educational institutions and their research facilities such as the Coastal and Marine Institute Laboratory (CMIL), a research facility that is managed through the College of Sciences and the San Diego State University Research Foundation.

The faculty, staff, and students who work at CMIL reject racism and discrimination. We strive to provide a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment, augmented by the activities of the Marine Ecology and Biology Student Association, a CMIL-affiliated student organization.

We share the commitments of our colleagues in the Ecology Program, SDSU Department of Biology. We support increasing researcher diversity at CMIL, increasing opportunities for dialogue among CMIL users, and creating a positive working environment. We encourage CMIL faculty, staff, and students to report any instances of bias via the Inclusive SDSU System.