One of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation’s long-term goals is to restore the health and productivity of the world ocean, on which all life depends. MBARI research results have contributed to raising public awareness about the health and future of the ocean.
Scientists spend week at sea to study microbes
For seven days at sea, the Marine Microbial Ecology Group, collected samples from the surface of the ocean to the seafloor using push cores, a water sampler designed at MBARI, and a conductivity, temperature, and depth (CTD) rosette. At the surface, the waters near Monterey Bay were rich with phytoplankton, as part of a spring bloom. Researchers conducted an experiment to understand how vitamins control the activity of phytoplankton, and with the help of the robotic arms of the ROV and the skilled hands of the ROV pilots aboard the ship, researchers led studies to understand the fate of phytoplankton on the seafloor. Deep-sea invertebrates were also observed and collected to study their community of microorganisms.