Educational Resources

There are several educational resources that are available at MBARI although we rely heavily on our partner institution (the Monterey Bay Aquarium) for much of our public outreach. Teacher Professional Development opportunities at the Monterey Bay Aquarium are posted.

MBARI does have an educator professional development workshop that generally runs in the summer for a week. This program is called Education And Research: Testing Hypotheses (EARTH) and the objective is to get more real data into the classrooms. The workshop is open to all educators in the United States and the application process includes a cover letter (stating why you would like to participate and why you should be selected) as well as an evaluation rubric showing how you used and evaluated one of the currently available EARTH activities. You can find these activities and more about the EARTH program.

MBARI has a formal seminar program that is open to the public, our seminars are generally on Wednesday mornings from 11 am to noon. You can find more information on the program and upcoming speakers on the seminar blog below.

MBARI collaborates with a National Science Foundation-funded Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE) and has some science kits available for loan. You do have to arrange pickup and drop-off of these kits, you can find more information (all the lesson plans are posted online) and signup instructions below.

MBARI’s summer internship program started in 1997 and currently runs for ten weeks (June-August) every year. The application process for 2017 (June 5 – August 11) is now closed. We accept up to 12 interns each year although some years we do have additional interns with external funding. Visit the link below for more information about the program and the application process.

Education and Research: Testing Hypotheses (EARTH)

EARTH uses near-real-time data from ocean observatories and other researcher datasets to design and test outreach with the Internet as an interface to scientists, teachers, students, and the public. Workshops are held during the summer and interested educators are asked to trial an existing EARTH activity and complete a rubric as part of the application. EARTH 2017 will be in Monterey Bay, California and will focus on polar research and life in extreme environments.
Science kit available for loan

Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE) Science Kits

C-MORE science kits offer lesson plans and materials for hands-on science activities in a self-contained format. They are designed for use with a range of grade levels. Each kit provides the information and supplies necessary for educators to teach their students about a particular topic in oceanography. These easy to use kits are a great resource for any classroom. These kits can be borrowed for short periods of time – you are responsible for arranging both pickup and dropoff of the kits.

MBARI Summer Internship Program

Applications for the 2017 MBARI summer internship program are no longer being accepted. Information about 2018 will be posted in late 2017. These 10-week internships allow college students and educators to come to MBARI and work on a research or outreach project.


MBARI seminars are usually held on Wednesdays (unless indicated otherwise) at 11:00 a.m. in the Pacific Forum and are open to the public. The seminars cover a wide range of topics related to deep-ocean research and engineering. Our speakers include top scientists and engineers from all over the world, as well as from MBARI.


Data repository
Data policy
What is happening in Monterey Bay today?
Central and Northern California Ocean Observing System
Chemical data
Ocean float data
Slough data
Mooring ISUS measurements
Southern Ocean Data
Mooring data
M1 Mooring Summary Data
M1 Asimet
M1 Download Info
M1 EMeter
M1 Fluorometer (CeNCOOS)
M1 GPS Location
Molecular and genomics data
ESP Web Portal
Seafloor mapping
Upper ocean data
Spatial Temporal Oceanographic Query System (STOQS) Data
Image gallery
Video library
Previous seminars
David Packard Distinguished Lecturers
Research software
Video Annotation and Reference System
System Overview
Annotation Interface
Video Tape User Guide
Video File User Guide
Annotation Glossary
Query Interface
Basic User Guide
Advanced User Guide
Query Glossary
VARS Publications
Oceanographic Decision Support System
MB-System seafloor mapping software
MB-System Documentation
MB-System Announcements
MB-System Announcements (Archive)
How to Download and Install MB-System
MB-System Discussion Lists
MB-System FAQ
Matlab scripts: Linear regressions
Introduction to Model I and Model II linear regressions
A brief history of Model II regression analysis
Index of downloadable files
Summary of modifications
Regression rules of thumb
Results for Model I and Model II regressions
Graphs of the Model I and Model II regressions
Which regression: Model I or Model II?
Matlab scripts: Oceanographic calculations
Matlab scripts: Sound velocity
Visual Basic for Excel: Oceanographic calculations
Educational resources
MBARI Summer Internship Program
Education and Research: Testing Hypotheses (EARTH)
EARTH workshops
2016—New Brunswick, NJ
2015—Newport, Oregon
2016 Satellite workshop—Pensacola, FL
2016 Satellite workshop—Beaufort, NC
EARTH resources
EARTH lesson plans
Lesson plans—published
Lesson plans—development
Lesson drafts—2015
Lesson drafts—2016 Pensacola
Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE) Science Kits
Sample archive