A new paper by MBARI researchers shows that filter-feeding animals called giant larvaceans can collect and consume microplastic particles, potentially carrying microplastics to the deep seafloor.
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MBARI’s Environmental Sample Processors (ESPs), originally designed to study toxic algal blooms in the ocean, are now being used to protect municipal drinking-water supplies.
Despite their close proximity, two recently discovered hydrothermal vent fields in the Gulf of California host very different animal communities. This finding contradicts a common scientific assumption that neighboring vents will share similar animal communities.
Jul 10, 2017 – Throughout the world ocean, animals congregate at certain depths. A new paper in Limnology and Oceanography shows that, rather than consisting of a random mixture of animals, these deep-scattering layers contain discrete groups of squids, fishes, and crustaceans.
Jun 5, 2017 – In the spring of 2015, Monterey Bay experienced one of the most toxic algal blooms ever. A new paper shows that this bloom became particularly toxic because of an unusually low ratio of silicate to nitrate in Bay Waters.
May 12, 2017 – MBARI’s newly printed 2016 Annual Report is filled with ocean-research adventures and discoveries. It is available now as a PDF file on MBARI’s website.
May 3, 2017 – New laser technology is allowing MBARI scientists to look into the structure of giant larvaceans–tadpole-like marine animals that are important players in ocean ecosystems.
Apr 10, 2017 – In the first quantitative analysis of deep-sea bioluminescence, MBARI researchers Séverine Martini and Steve Haddock show that three quarters of the animals in Monterey Bay from the surface down to 4,000 meters deep can produce their own light.
Mar 10, 2017 – MBARI’s remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Ventana completed its 4,000th dive in February 2017. With over 16,000 hours underwater, Ventana is by far the most experienced scientific ROV in the world.
Feb 24, 2017 – The US Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program recently selected one of Kelly Benoit-Bird’s research as its Resource Conservation and Climate Change Project of the Year.
Jan 19, 2017 – A new paper in the journal PLOS One shows that some species of juvenile rockfish find it harder to exert themselves in acidified seawater, but other species are more adaptable.
Dec 15, 2016 – Axial Seamount, a large underwater volcano off of the Oregon coast, is one of the most active volcanoes in the world, having last erupted in 2015. At the Fall 2016 meeting of the American Geophysical Union, MBARI researchers unveiled a new seafloor map that reveals previously undocumented lava flows from the 2015 eruption.
Nov 30, 2016 – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently approved a five-year, $11 million grant to the Central and Northern California Ocean Observing System (CeNCOOS). On December 5-6, 2016, CeNCOOS will hold its annual meeting to discuss recent discoveries and future plans for monitoring the coast using funds from their new federal grant.
Nov 14, 2016 – A new MBARI robot will add to the midwater observations researchers have been making with remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) for nearly two decades.
Nov 4, 2016 – An unusual deep-sea fish that was previously identified in the Southeastern Pacific has recently been found to live around the Hawaiian Islands and off the coast of Central California as well.
Oct 27, 2016 – A recent paper shows that some juvenile king crabs hitch rides on wandering sea cucumbers, perhaps as a way of evading predators.
Oct 7, 2016 – MBARI’s newest senior scientist, Kelly Benoit-Bird, uses sound to observe animals such as seabirds and dolphins as they chase their prey underwater.
Sept 27, 2016 – MBARI Postdoctoral Fellow Anela Choy, who studies the impacts of plastic debris on ocean food webs, has been selected as one of five recipients of the L’Oreal Women in Science Fellowship for 2016.
Sept 22, 2016 – This week, the Oceanic Engineering Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) presented MBARI with an award for the Institute’s “consistent presence and efforts towards the goals of the society to advance ocean research for the science and technology community.”
Research programs at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) encompass the entire ocean, from the surface waters to the deep seafloor, and from the coastal zone to the open sea. The need to understand the ocean in all its complexity and variability drives MBARI's research and development efforts.