In coordination with the Sonoma County Health Order, the Bodega Marine Laboratory has suspended visiting hours and public tours until further notice.

Bodega Marine Laboratory and Bodega Marine Reserve are open to UC Davis affiliates who must review and submit appropriate documentation, see COVID-19 Safety Plan & Operating Procedures.

COVID-19 Safety Plan & Operating Procedures

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Bodega Marine Laboratory (BML) and Bodega Marine Reserve (BMR) COVID-19 Safety Plan and Operating Procedures

At BML and BMR we all have a responsibility to follow new policies and requirements to help protect fellow community members. This information is intended to serve as a dynamic guide for what you can expect as BML operations evolve, and what will be expected of you. Please check back often for new resources and information.

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Effective 11/19/20 - Travel and Gathering Advisory - BML/BMR expects that if you travel to or host gatherings, that you will stay home and work from home as much as possible for 14 days after the gathering or until you test negative before appearing at BML/BMR. If you need to come to BML/BMR within that 14 day period, we expect you to be tested for COVID-19, typically 3-7 days after return although after 5 days is preferred, after you return home or your guests depart. If you cannot work from home for your job, contact your supervisor, but do not appear at BML/BMR until your COVID-19 status can be determined. See COVID-19 Testing in Sonoma County.

All Users must follow the steps below before accessing BML and BMR

1/ All users must read through the COVID-19 Safety Plan & Operating Procedures. It’s imperative that you understand the plan and agree to the terms, particularly the established special hygiene protocols.  

2/ All users must review the COVID-19 Cleaning and Disinfection Protocols

3/ All users must sign and return the COVID-19 Safety Plan & Operating Procedure acknowledgement to Al Carranza for filing. Please do not sign this acknowledgement until you have read the COVID-19 Safety Plan & Operating Procedures carefully and completely. Failure to comply with any of the requirements within this document may result in your restriction from the Lab and Reserve. 

4/ All users entering BML facilities must fill out the Daily Symptom Survey  once a day, before appearing on site.

5/ All users entering BML facilities must fill out the Daily Access Log to record arrival and departure times, and the spaces you were in.

Note: BML Housing residents do not need to complete the Daily Symptom Survey or the Daily Access Log unless they are using facilities at the Laboratory or the Gym at Housing.

Research Users

In addition to the above steps, Principal Investigators need to complete and submit the Activity Request Form for laboratory and research activities. This form should be completed by PIs or their designated authority. If there are multiple projects proposed, please fill out one for each distinct project.

Return the form to Al Carranza who will forward it for appropriate approval.

This form will ensure that the project(s) you are proposing meets with the current requirements established by the UC Davis Office of Research:

  • Seasonal data collection such as field and agricultural work, time-sensitive human subject research studies, experiments close to completion – or deadline driven – whose pause or deferral would lead to long delays or loss of research results. 

  • Generation-driven animal and plant experimentation must be carried out or the value of the animal colony or plant varieties for research will be lost.

  • Lab and field access for students and postdocs close to completing their degree/term of appointment.  Research that is critical to meet thesis requirements for a final defense in the upcoming term or requirements before a graduating student can start a new position that has already been accepted. 

  • Necessary facilities should be staffed and operational to support only the ongoing research activities during Phase II.  Research activities dependent on BML common use facilities (e.g. wet labs) may thus be having a gradual ramp-up during this phase and will be vetted through a process defined by the facilities managers and BML administration.