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Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center

Marine Facility (MarFac)

Thumbnail of a cartoon that shows our mapping systems at use in the water and off of a boat or ship.

Learn about some of our mapping systems.


Photograph of R/V Snavely off of the Crow's Nest Restaurant, Santa Cruz Harbor, Santa Cruz, California.

Our research vessel, R/V Parke Snavely

MarFac is the operational arm of the Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center. The Marine Facility staff provides mechanical and electronics support for marine field operations.

Learn more about some of our mapping systems, and read about our research vessel Snavely.


Currie, Jackson

Physical Scientist

Dal Ferro, Pete

Engineering Technician

Elfers, Tim

Engineering Technician

Ferreira, Joanne Thede


Hatcher, Gerry

Ocean Engineer

Johnson, Cordell

Junior Marine Technician & Lab Technician

Kennedy, Daniel

UCSC Contractor, Junior Specialist

Marcuson, Rachel

Engineering Technician

McKee, Jenny

Engineering Technician

Powers, Dan

Marine Technician

Reiss, Tom


Wyland, Rob

Ocean Engineer


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