Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

2013 projects

Benthic processes

Benthic Biology and Ecology

Project leads: Jim Barry, Craig Okuda
Project manager: Jim Barry
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The main focus of Jim Barry’s research is laboratory and field studies on the effects of ocean acidification and other climate-related changes in ocean conditions on marine animals and their physiology.

Continental Margin Processes

Project leads: Charles Paull, Dave Caress
Project manager: Roberto Gwiazda
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This research on processes associated with continental margins and submarine canyon development will extend to Eel Canyon off Northern California and to collaborative work in the Arctic, Taiwan, and the Gulf of Mexico. The team will also work with other MBARI researchers to conduct and interpret autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) surveys off Southern California.

Ocean Chemistry of Greenhouse Gases

Project leads: Peter Brewer, Bill Kirkwood
Project manager: Edward Peltzer
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The Brewer lab will use the mapping AUV and ROV Doc Ricketts to investigate the microbial geochemistry of Southern California methane mounds. They also plan to undertake an AUV mapping survey of a chemical weapons disposal site off Southern California. The group will extend the capability of the deep laser Raman system to detect pore-water dissolved CO2 to assess the potential environmental impact of sub-seafloor sequestration of carbon dioxide.

Pelagic-Benthic Coupling

Project leads: Alana Sherman, Ken Smith
Project manager: Alana Sherman
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Ken Smith's team plans to extend the duration of deployment for instruments on Station M to a nine-month period. The Benthic Rover and concurrent time-lapse photography will be used to assess sediment-community oxygen consumption. Lagrangian sediment traps will be used for time-series measurements at shallower depths near the same location.

Submarine Volcanism

Project lead: Dave Caress, Dave Clague
Project manager: Jenny Paduan
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Clague’s team will continue to combine use of high-resolution bathymetry maps with remotely operated vehicle (ROV) dive observations and sampling on Axial Volcano and other sites off Oregon. In addition, they will be processing multibeam data from the mapping autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) and preparing and analyzing samples from dives conducted in 2012 in the Gulf of California.

Last updated: Feb. 13, 2013