Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
J. Timothy Pennington, Ph.D.
Senior Research Technician

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
7700 Sandholdt Road
Moss Landing, CA 95039
Phone: (831) 775-1715
Fax: (831) 775-1620
email: peti

My role at MBARI

I work in MBARI's Biological Oceanography Group where I run our local shipboard programs, all of which are directed at understanding interplay between the physics, chemistry and biology in the ocean off California. In our oldest cruise series --- the Monterey Bay Time Series or MBTS cruises --- we have been conducting day cruises in and offshore of Monterey Bay each 2-3 weeks since 1989. In our larger-scale, 'SECRET' cruise series (aka Studies of Ecological and Chemical Responses to Environmental Trends) we have extended the MBTS work 175 miles (320 km) offshore into the California Current along CalCOFI Line 67, with 39+ quarterly cruises since 1997. This cruise work and complimentary mooring, satellite, ROV, AUV and modelling data have allowed us to develop a rich view of the biogeochemical dynamics of our coastal ocean on several spatial (Monterey Bay, upwelling system, California Current) and temporal (weather event, seasonal, interannual, even decadal) scales.

We also participate in various process and expeditionary studies in the North Pacific basin. In spring of 2001 we extended our SECRET transect 2000 mi (3800 km) across the California Current and much of the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre. In winter and spring of 2003, we documented along-coast seasonal changes in coastal upwelling and related properties from Cabo San Lucas to Monterey Bay. These basin- or gyre-scale efforts provide spatial context for our central California work.

Last updated: May. 12, 2009