Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

2014 projects

Midwater research

Biodiversity and Biooptics of Zooplankton

Project lead/manager: Steve Haddock

This research includes comprehensive studies of the phylogeny and systematics of ctenophores and siphonophores to enable future studies of these phyla. Steve Haddock also plans to continue ecosystem-level analyses of remotely operated vehicle (ROV) video using the Video Annotation and Reference System (VARS).

Midwater Ecology

Project leads: Craig Okuda, Bruce Robison
Project manager: Kim Reisenbichler
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Bruce Robison's midwater research group is studying oxygen consumption rates of midwater animals to determine the physiological links between animal distribution and abundance and the expansion of the oxygen minimum zone. Studies will include husbandry of deep-sea squids for an upcoming Monterey Bay Aquarium exhibit.

Midwater Time Series

Project leads: Bruce Robison, Brian Schlining
Project manager: Rob Sherlock

Since 1993, MBARI has been surveying the midwater and providing quantitative analyses of the animals encountered in midwater surveys. The time-series data are used to monitor biodiversity and gauge the abundance and responses of the animals in the midwater. The expanding oxygen minimum zone (OMZ) is creating an enlarged habitat for species that are physiologically adapted to tolerate low levels of oxygen, while forcing other species to move shallower or deeper. The team is testing LED lights and camera configurations to optimize use of autonomous underwater vehicle-based surveys.

Moored Midwater Camera System

Project leads: Mark Chaffey, Kim Reisenbichler, Bruce Robison
Project manager: Kim Reisenbichler

This project is investigating available video technology for use in a non-intrusive, automated, camera system being designed and developed for the autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) for midwater research. In 2014 the midwater team will address issues relating to the use of the camera system on a Dorado-class AUV.

Last updated: Jan. 23, 2014