Tom O'Reilly

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Welcome to my "personal" homepage!

I currently work at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), helping to develop vehicles, instruments, and techniques for deep-sea exploration. Click here for more "in-depth" (sorry!) information about my work at MBARI.

I live with my seven-year-old daughter in beautiful Santa Cruz, California. I grew up in Illinois; I come from a big family (with six brothers and sisters). I became interested in science and nature at a very young age, thanks to the encouragement of my parents (my dad was a physicist). When I was about 8 years old, I was rummaging around in my grandma's basement. There I found the microscope that my dad had played with as a kid 20 years earlier, and I've been hooked on exploring the natural world ever since.

For fun, I enjoy hiking, camping, surfing, mountain climbing, and snorkeling. I enjoy trips to San Francisco (one of the most beautiful cities in the world), live theater and concerts, ballet, opera, films, museums, and spending time with my daughter.

Here's a picture of my daughter. And no, I really have no idea how she got to be so cute.

  Some Interesting Links

Monterey Canyon is a deep, mysterious, underwater wilderness, home to many previously unknown life-forms. Here at MBARI we are exploring the Canyon with a new underwater robot called Tiburon. Read about some of our experiences here .

Read here about the fiery birth of Loihi, the undersea volcano that will someday emerge to become the newest Hawaiian island.

Here are some quotes from the great >Groucho Marx .

Check out Mr Showbiz for movie reviews.

Many people have a singular experience that totally changes their outlook on the world; perhaps it is a particular book or movie. At the age of 15, I saw the film "2001: A Space Odyssey", and it changed everything.

Do you also enjoy cheap, lousy movies with stupid dialogue, abysmal acting, and cheesy special effects? I know I do! Visit the Mystery Science Theater 3000 page.

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