MBARI Adjunct Victoria Orphan, 2016 MacArthur Fellow. Photo courtesy of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

MBARI Adjunct Victoria Orphan receives “genius grant”

MBARI Adjunct Victoria Orphan has been named a 2016 MacArthur Fellow, in recognition of her work on microbial communities in extreme environments and their impact on the cycling of nutrients and energy through the oceans.
A Gonatus onyx squid (right) in the process of consuming another Gonatus onyx squid of the same size (left).

Cannibalism in the deep sea

Cannibalism is not so unusual in the deep sea, especially for squid, but until recently the diet of Gonatus squid was largely unknown. Remotely operated vehicle observations of these squid in their natural habitat have enabled scientists to learn a great deal more about their feeding behavior.