Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Press Room
11 July 2007

Highlights of MBARI's 2007 Open House

On Saturday, June 30, MBARI opened its doors to the general public for its annual Open House. Over 100 MBARI employees and other volunteers, including scientists, engineers, machinists, ROV pilots, and ships' crews, shared their excitement about MBARI research. Two of MBARI's research ships were at the dock for public viewing, along with remotely operated vehicles, autonomous underwater vehicles, and the deep-sea benthic rover.

If you missed this year's open house, please visit next year. Keep an eye on our open house web page for details. You can also request to be notified by email by sending an email to openhouse@mbari.org.

The photographs below show a few highlights of the 2007 open house.

Kids of all ages enjoyed making and testing their own remotely operated vehicles in wading pools set up in the MBARI parking lot.

Photo: Heather Fulton-Bennett (c) 2007 MBARI
Two boys test out a small remotely operated vehicle that they assembled using PVC pipe and small electric motors.

Photo: Heather Fulton-Bennett (c) 2007 MBARI
Knute Brekke, who pilots MBARI's remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Ventana, explains how a full-sized ROV works to visitors on MBARI's dock.

Photo: Duane Thompson (c) 2007 MBARI
Remotely operated vehicle (ROV) pilot Mark Talkovic demonstrates the dexterity of ROV Ventana's manipulator arm.

Photo: Duane Thompson (c) 2007 MBARI
Ian Young, master of the Research Vessel Point Lobos and Research Assistant Marguerite Blum show a visitor styrofoam cups that have been carried down to the ocean depths by MBARI's remotely operated vehicles. The immense pressure of the deep ocean causes these cups to shrink to one third of their original size.

Photo: Heather Fulton-Bennett (c) 2007 MBARI
Marine biologist Mike Vardaro talks about how animals such as this sea urchin can survive on tiny particles of food that drift down to the deep seafloor.

Photo: Duane Thompson (c) 2007 MBARI
Many visitors to the MBARI open house enjoy looking at the unusual animals that researchers collect from the deep sea, such as these clams being shown by marine biologist Joe Jones.

Photo: Heather Fulton-Bennett (c) 2007 MBARI
AUV Specialist Doug Conlin explains how an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) can find its way around Monterey Bay without without direct control from the surface.

Photo: Duane Thompson (c) 2007 MBARI
Engineer Paul McGill describes the challenges of designing a robotic vehicle that can explore the seafloor 4,000 meters (almost two miles) below the ocean surface for months at a time.

Photo: Duane Thompson (c) 2007 MBARI
Marine Support Technician Mike Conway explains how researchers can transfer equipment and specimens to and from the deep seafloor using a "benthic elevator."

Photo: Heather Fulton-Bennett (c) 2007 MBARI
A crafts booth and an inflatable giant squid kept youngsters entertained for hours.

Photo: Heather Fulton-Bennett (c) 2007 MBARI