Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies

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SF State's bayside marine and estuarine research facility.

About the Romberg Tiburon Center


The Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies is San Francisco State University’s marine and estuarine research facility. RTC is situated on a breathtaking 36 acre parcel of bay front property located just outside the town of Tiburon, California.


The Center's location is an ideal setting for our scientists and students to conduct their research -- much of which focuses on understanding the natural forces at work in the San Francisco Bay and its surrounding wetland environments. RTC research scientists are also studying natural phenomena in the open ocean; along California's coastline and in remote locations such as the Ross Sea (Antarctica) and the Equatorial Pacific.


The Center is a close knit community of scientists and students working together to fulfill RTC's mission of education and research.


Mission Statement

To advance understanding of the world's complex marine and estuarine environments through research, education, and outreach, with a focus on San Francisco Bay.



  • To lead in scientific research, monitoring and reporting on the nature and condition of the world’s marine and estuarine environments.
  • To train undergraduate and graduate students to become interdisciplinary marine scientists through instruction and participation in innovative, collaborative research.
  • To promote public education and appreciation of the San Francisco Bay estuarine environment and ecosystems.
  • To provide fundamental scientific information to assist in decision making and the stewardship of San Francisco Bay.



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