Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Press Room
5 October 2004

Highlights of MBARI Open House 2004

On October 2nd, MBARI opened its doors to the general public for its annual Open House. Dozens of MBARI employees, including ROV pilots, ships' crews, scientists, engineers, and expert machinists, shared their excitement about the work they do here at MBARI. MBARI's three research ships were at the dock for public viewing, along with the remotely operated vehicles Tiburon and Ventana.

If you missed this year's open house, don't despair. The next Open House is tentatively scheduled for June 2005. Keep an eye on our open house web page for details.

The photographs below show some highlights of the 2004 open house.

MBARI biologist Karen Osborn shows visitors the inner workings of a humboldt squid.

Photo: Kim Fulton-Bennett (c) 2004 MBARI
MBARI is a great place to learn about some of the interesting things that live in deep-sea mud. Here, biologist Christian Levesque explains his benthic biology work to visitors.

Photo: Debbie Meyer (c) 2004 MBARI
MBARI engineer Brent Roman, left, helps a family test a small remotely operated vehicle (ROV) that they made themselves.

Photo: Duane Thompson (c) 2004 MBARI
A young girl concentrates on building her own remotely operated vehicle out of PVC pipe.

Photo: Duane Thompson (c) 2004 MBARI
AUV technician Duane Thompson explains how an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) can find its way unassisted in Monterey Canyon.

Photo: Kim Fulton-Bennett (c) 2004 MBARI
Engineer Hans Thomas discusses AUV design with a young visitor.

Photo: Duane Thompson (c) 2004 MBARI
Machinist Larry Bird explains how to construct your very own hyperbaric fish trap using titanium, stainless steel, and rubber bands.

Photo: Kim Fulton-Bennett (c) 2004 MBARI
The MBARI machine shop is always a popular spot for kids of all ages.

Photo: Kim Fulton-Bennett (c) 2004 MBARI
Geologist Jenny Paduan describes lava samples from the seafloor.

Photo: Kim Fulton-Bennett (c) 2004 MBARI
A budding young scientist peers through the microscope at rock samples, while geologist Joel Johnson explains the exhibit.

Photo: Kim Fulton-Bennett (c) 2004 MBARI
ROV Ventana pilots Mark Talkovic, left, and Knute Brekke, demonstrate the dexterity of the vehicle's robotic arm.

Photo: Kim Fulton-Bennett (c) 2004 MBARI
ROV Tiburon pilot Buzz Scott shared diving stories.

Photo: Kim Fulton-Bennett (c) 2004 MBARI
Visitors explore the MBARI docks, which are only open to the public during the annual Open House.

Photo: Kim Fulton-Bennett (c) 2004 MBARI