Genomic sensors

Sensors: Underwater Research of the Future (SURF Center)

 A  second generation ESP is deployed off the Santa Cruz pier. Photo © MBARI

The Environmental Sample Processor (ESP) pumps water through a filter and retains all particles/organisms larger than 0.2 micrometers. Using molecular biology techniques on the filtered material, the ESP can:

  1. Identify the type and quantity of microorganisms and animals present in the water,
  2. Monitor the appearance of toxins and other biological compounds, and
  3. Investigate how marine microbes respond to seasonal variation and a changing climate

Data from these tests can be sent to shore in near real-time, allowing scientists and policy makers to make rapid decisions related to beach safety or shellfish harvesting. Additionally, the persistent presence of the ESP allows for the capture of episodic or very short-lived events.

Harmful algal blooms (HABs)

The ESP was originally developed for detection of harmful algae blooms (HABs); both the harmful algae and their toxins can be used as targets of the ESP.

Water quality

The ESP has proven to be a valuable tool for monitoring human threats to water quality.

ESP Web Portal

The Environmental Sample Processor web portal provides near-real time access to the results of molecular assays conducted at sea as well as data on the environmental conditions during sampling.

Environmental Sample Processor

The development of this advanced robotic “lab in a can” required close collaborations between MBARI engineers and scientists.

Team

Kevin Gomes

Information Engineering Group Lead

John Ryan

Senior Research Specialist

Science

Upper-ocean systems
Acoustical ocean ecology
Acoustic instruments
Acoustic fingerprinting
Acoustic community ecology
Acoustics in the news
Biological oceanography
Global modes of sea surface temperature
Nitrate supply estimates in upwelling systems
Chemical sensors
Chemical data
Land/Ocean Biogeochemical Observatory in Elkhorn Slough
Listing of floats
SOCCOM float visualization
Periodic table of elements in the ocean
Biogeochemical-Argo Report
Profiling float
Marine microbes
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Microbial predators
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Targeted metagenomics
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Molecular ecology
Molecular systematics
SIMZ Project
Bone-eating worms
Gene flow and dispersal
Molecular-ecology expeditions
Interdisciplinary field experiments
Ecogenomic Sensing
Genomic sensors
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Harmful algal blooms (HABs)
Water quality
Environmental Sample Processor
ESP Web Portal
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Ocean observing system
Midwater research
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Food web dynamics
Midwater time series
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Lost shipping container study
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Monterey Canyon: Stunning deep-sea topography revealed
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