John’s research focuses on interactions between marine life forms and the environments they inhabit. This research spans microscopic plankton to the largest mammals and fish. Through science-engineering collaborations, John also contributes to augmenting capabilities of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) so that these mobile robots can recognize and respond to unpredictable encounters with dynamic features of interest, thereby enabling better understanding of their nature.
Research programs at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) encompass the entire ocean, from the surface waters to the deep seafloor, and from the coastal zone to the open sea. The need to understand the ocean in all its complexity and variability drives MBARI's research and development efforts.