As the oldest marine laboratory on the West Coast (and the third oldest in the U.S.) Hopkins has a long and eventful history. We acknowledge that Hopkins Marine Station sits on the ancestral land of the Ohlone Rumsen tribe and give thanks for the opportunity to live, work and learn on their traditional homeland. We pay our respects to all Ohlone people, past and present.

Hopkins Marine Station occupies an exposed rocky headland named China Point, as the site was once the location of the Point Alones Chinese fishing village in Pacific Grove, California. The station operates as a branch of the Doerr School of Sustainability of Stanford University. Today, the University holds title to approximately eleven acres on and around China Point which includes roughly one mile of shoreline. The intertidal and offshore waters surrounding the marine station are protected by law as a marine reserve, thereby providing an excellent resource for teaching and research in marine biology. The teaching and research at the station are housed in five main buildings. The chapters presented here outline a portion of the HISTORY of Stanford's seaside laboratory.

Below: Photograph of Hopkins Marine Station (1918) which then consisted of one building positioned along the treeless shoreline in Pacific Grove, California