Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Marine Operations


The Division of Marine Operations, in addition to operating and maintaining three research vessels, two submersibles, and an AUV, works in conjunction with and in support of all other MBARI divisions to accomplish the short and long-term goals of the institute.

Spearheading this effort is Steve Etchemendy, division director, along with Chris Grech, deputy director. Katie Loweth, division administrator, and Natalie Fairchild, administrative assistant, help the division run smoothly. Teresa Cardoza is the logistics specialist, assisting with ship scheduling, expedition planning and web site coordination for the division of Marine Operations.

The Division of Marine Operations is staffed by about 40 knowledgeable staff members. Please see DMO people for a complete listing. Additionally, two committees which serve as communication and planning forums are the Marine Advisory Committee and the ROV Users Committee.

Marine Advisory Committee

The purpose of the Marine Advisory Committee (MAC) is to recommend priorities for the best use of MBARI's marine assets and to provide advice to the president on issues related to marine operations. The MAC advises on the annual ship-operating schedules, is provided with updates on ship and ROV enhancements in progress, and recommends plans and procedures to ensure a high level of functionality and reliability in meeting with MBARI's research goals.

ROV Users Committee

Some general objectives of the ROV Users Committee (ROVUC) are to enhance and facilitate communication between MBARI staff on ROV issues, centralize information concerning ROV developments/upgrades, etc., and attempt resolution of ROV issues. The committee provides recommendations on ROV issues to the MBARI president and division directors.


Last updated: Jun. 09, 2015