Brian Schlining

Software Engineer

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

7700 Sandholdt Road

Moss Landing, CA 95039

Phone: (831) 775-1855


Brian is a Software Engineer at MBARI working in the Information Engineering group of the Research and Development division.

Video Annotation Data Management (500055)

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MBARI has collected over 18,000 hours of underwater video since 1984. Working alongside the research and video staff, Brian develops systems for assisting MBARI staff with indexing and analyzing this video data.

MBARI is collaborating with external researchers on our next generation annotation system. The source code for the upcoming projects are located on GitHub and you can communicate with developers at

Deep-Sea Guide (500055)

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MBARI provides a Deep-Sea Guide for identifying and characterizing deep-sea organisms. As the lead engineer, Brian provides support, development and updates to the Deep-Sea Guide.

Biodiversity and Biooptics of Zooplankton (901103)

Dr. Steve Haddock‘s research lab studies gelatinous zooplankton in the deep-sea. I am assisting his research by providing data mining tools and analysis techniques for MBARI’s large data collections.

Environmental Sample Processor (901205)

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The MBARI Environmental Sample Processor—the ESP—provides on-site (in situ) collection and analysis of water samples from the subsurface ocean. Brian provides tools for analyzing images collected by the ESP.

Midwater Time Series (901221)

Between the surface of the sea and the ocean floor lies a vast fluid universe, Earth’s least-known environment. MBARI has sophisticated systems that have spent thousands of hours surveying and describing the deep waters of the ocean. I develop tools, technology, and analytical techniques for working with this large collection of data.

DMO Support – Mini ROV (300080)

MBARI has a portable remotely-operated vehicle (ROV) used for “fly-away” operations. My role is to integrate this Mini ROV’s data and video systems with MBARI’s existing systems.