I am a marine biologist specializing in deep sea ecosystems. My work includes the identification of small animals that live in marine sediments (macrofauna), and larger invertebrates and fishes that live on the seafloor or just above it (megafauna). I conduct habitat characterization studies in benthic ecosystems using quantitative underwater video and seafloor samples. My current work in MBARI’s video lab entails identifiying deep-sea animals, evaluating behaviors, and documenting geological and habitat features in hundreds of hours of seafloor imagery each year. I also provide support to MBARI’s summer intern program and the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s education programs.
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.