Molecular Ecology and Evolution of Marine and Aquatic Organisms
Project Manager: Shannon Johnson
Lead Scientist: Robert Vrijenhoek
Bob Vrijenhoek’s lab is collaborating with other MBARI researchers to use new technologies, such as the AUV gulper water samplers, autonomous control, and the Environmental Sample Processor (ESP), to detect larvae from native and invasive species in Monterey Bay. Understanding the dispersal patterns, distances, and vectors of organisms is important for predicting the effectiveness of marine reserves and the resistance of organisms to various environmental threats.