Invited lectures and mentorships

Summer Intern Larissa Neilson weighs each abalone in water, while Senior Research Specialist Steve Litvin keeps track of the measurements. Image: Todd Walsh © 2018 MBARI

As part of MBARI’s mission to share its technology and research with peers and outside audiences, staff members often present lectures around the world. They also give their time to mentor students, from high school to the postdoctoral level. This helps launch the next generation of engineers and scientists, who may use MBARI methods and technologies in their future careers.

2018 MBARI invited lectures

James Barry

  • Bodega Marine Laboratory, Bodega Bay, California
  • National Science Foundation Ocean Acidification Workshop, Portland, Oregon

Kelly Benoit-Bird

  • Acoustical Society of America/Canadian Acoustical Association Joint Meeting, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
  • Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, California
  • Stanford University, Hopkins Marine Station, Monterey, California

 James Birch

  • Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory, Massachusetts
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Great Lake Environmental Research Laboratory, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Symposium on Molecular Sensing of Biological Environments, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

 Francisco Chavez

  • Ocean Sciences Meeting, Portland, Oregon
  • Effects of Climate Change on the World’s Ocean conference, Washington, D.C.
  • Annual meeting of the American Public Health Association, San Diego, California
  • United States West Coast Biological Observations Workshop, Santa Cruz, California
  • Romberg Tiburon Center of San Francisco State University, California

Andrea Fassbender

  • Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, California
  • United States Climate Variability and Predictability Program, online presentation
  • University of Montana, Missoula
  • Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry CMIP6 Workshop, Washington, D.C.

Kim Fulton-Bennett

  • Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Santa Cruz, California

Ken Johnson

  • Ocean Science Meeting, Portland, Oregon
  • Plenary Speaker, North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES) International Symposium: Understanding Changes in Transitional Areas of the Pacific, La Paz, Mexico
  • US-Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry Workshop on Biogeochemical Profiling Floats, Seattle, Washington
  • Argo Science Workshop, Tokyo, Japan
  • Hitotsubashi Hall, Tokyo, Japan
  • Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia
  • American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, Washington, D.C.

Amanda Kahn

  • Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, San Francisco, California.

Kakani Katija

  • National Geographic Society Explorers Festival, Washington, D.C.
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California
  • Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia
  • Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge
  • American Museum of Natural History, New York, New York

 Matthew Kemp

  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, San Diego, California
  • Prognostics and Health Management Society, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

William Kirkwood

  • National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • University of Zagreb, Biograd na Maru, Croatia

Jacki Long

  • College of Marine Science, University of South Florida, Saint Petersburg, Florida

 George Matsumoto

  • Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, California
  • Odum School of Ecology, Atlanta, Georgia

 Monique Messié

  • Mediterranean Institute of Oceanography, Marseille, France
  • Laboratory of Studies in Space Geophysics and Oceanography, Toulouse, France

 Charles Paull

  • Marine Geological and Biological Habitat Mapping Meeting, Santa Barbara, California.
  • Japanese Geophysical Union, Makuhari, Japan
  • University of Chiba, Japan
  • Geological Survey of Japan, Tsukuba
  • Kyoto University, Japan
  • Kochi University, Japan

 Bruce Robinson:

  • Gordon Research Conference on Ocean Biogeochemistry: Biogeochemistry of Marine Interfaces, Hong Kong, China

Henry Ruhl

  • The Royal Society, London, United Kingdom
  • United Kingdom Marine Science Co-ordination Committee Plenary Meeting, Southampton
  • Joint AltantOS and EMSO ERIC Workshop on Interoperability, London, United Kingdom
  • Monterey Surfrider Foundation, Pacific Grove, California

John Ryan

  • International Conference on Robotics and Automation Workshop on Informative Path Planning and Adaptive Sampling, Brisbane, Australia
  • University of Tasmania, Newnham, Australia
  • Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, Hobart, Australia
  • University of Texas, Tyler
  • Seymour Marine Discovery Center, Santa Cruz, California
  • University of California, Santa Cruz

Chris Scholin

  • United States Geological Survey Innovation Center, Reston, Virginia

Ken Smith

  • California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, California
  • Seymour Marine Discovery Center, Santa Cruz, California

Yui Takeshita

  • Biogeochemical Argo Workshop, Seattle, Washington
  • Durafet Calibration and Quality Assessment workshop, Santa Cruz, California

 Alexandra Worden

  • Living Systems Symposium, Tübingen, Germany
  • International Society for Photosynthesis Research Conference on Microbial Photosynthesis, Vancouver, Canada
  • European Molecular Biology Organization Conference on New Shores in Land Plant Evolution, Lisbon, Portugal

 Yanwu Zhang

  • National Science Foundation Workshop on Underwater Wireless Infrastructure, Washington, D.C.
  • International Conference on Robotics and Automation Workshop on Informative Path Planning and Adaptive Sampling, Brisbane, Australia
  • University of Tasmania, Newnham, Australia
  • Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, Hobart, Australia

2018 MBARI mentorships

James Barry

  • Charles Boch, postdoctoral fellow (upwelling effects on coastal abalone populations)
  • Amanda Kahn, postdoctoral fellow (biology and ecology of deep-sea sponges)
  • Crystal Ng, graduate student, Stanford University (Effects of ocean acidification and hypoxia on nearshore species interactions)

James Barry, Steven Litvin

  • Larissa Neilson, undergraduate summer intern (upwelling effects on abalone growth)
  • Yuuki Niimi, undergraduate summer intern (upwelling effects on abalone respiration)

Kim Fulton-Bennett

  • Priyanka Runwal, graduate student, University of California, Santa Cruz (science communications)

Kim Fulton-Bennett, Linda Kuhnz

  • Vicky Stein, graduate student, University of California, Santa Cruz (science communications)

Kelly Benoit-Bird

  • Elan Portner, PhD student, Stanford University (climate effects on scattering layers and their squid predators in the Gulf of California)
  • Samuel Urmy, postdoctoral fellow (predator-prey interactions in the deep scattering layers)
  • Mei Sato, postdoctoral researcher, Oregon State University (physical-biological coupling in ocean ecosystems)

David Caress

  • Ethan Slattery, undergraduate summer intern, University of California, Santa Cruz (alignment of high-resolution bathymetry in six dimensions)

David Caress, Charlie Paull

  • Monica Schwehr, postdoctoral fellow (five-centimeter- and one-centimeter- resolution mapping)

David Clague

  • Paul Beguelin, PhD student, University of South Carolina (isotope geochemistry of Hawaiian rejuvenated stage lavas)
  • Meghan Jones, PhD student, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (degassing of mid-ocean ridge basaltic magmas during ascent and emplacement)
  • Nestor Ramirez-Zerpa, PhD student, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (tectonics of the southern Gulf of California)

Danelle Cline, Duane Edgington

  • Raymond Esteybar, undergraduate summer intern, California State University Monterey Bay (fusing region proposal network with AVED tracking: counting machine learning system)
  • Mayra Ochoa, undergraduate summer intern, California State University Monterey Bay (fusing region proposal network with AVED tracking: counting machine learning system)

Andrea Fassbender

  • Nina Buzby, graduate summer intern, Middlebury College (organic alkalinity assessment; analysis and development of empirical relationships for estimating carbonate chemistry parameters along the US west coast and in Monterey Bay)
  • William Haskell, postdoctoral fellow, University of California, Santa Barbara (estimating carbon export from biogeochemical profiling float observations in the North Pacific Ocean in relation to the NASA EXPORTS campaign)

Steven Haddock

  • Samantha Rodriguez, undergraduate summer intern, Belmont University (characterization of the properties of luciferase in two deep-sea arrow worms)
  • Chloe Weinstock, graduate summer intern, Whitman College (identifying and expressing the luciferase from Vampyroteuthis infernalis)

Ken Johnson

  • Tatjana Ellis, undergraduate summer intern, Cal Poly, San Luis Obsipo (automated quality control of biogeochemical profiling float data using change-point detection)

 Kakani Katija

  • Kevin Barnard, undergraduate summer intern, Colorado School of Mines (developing an image training set for machine learning using MBARI’s video and image database)
  • Clara Fannjiang, graduate student, University of California, Berkeley (machine learning algorithms to automatically detect behavior in biologging-tagged marine invertebrates)
  • Karla Haiat, undergraduate summer intern, University of Rhode Island (a biomimetic approach to the study of enhanced fluid transport)
  • Diana Li, graduate student, Stanford University (neurological and biomechanical underpinnings of squid jet propulsion)
  • Richard Rodriguez, undergraduate summer intern, Ventura College (development of a release mechanism for invertebrate tagging)

William Kirkwood

  • Tyler Briles, undergraduate student, Santa Clara University (autonomous underwater vehicle engineering)
  • Shae Connor, undergraduate student, Santa Clara University (autonomous underwater vehicle engineering)
  • Erin Guthrie, undergraduate student, Santa Clara University (autonomous underwater vehicle engineering)
  • Anthony Jackson, undergraduate student, Santa Clara University (autonomous underwater vehicle engineering)
  • Michael Neumann, postdoctoral fellow, Santa Clara University (Shearwater, a hybrid autonomous underwater vehicle platform, performance analysis)
  • Madeleine Peauroi, undergraduate student, Santa Clara University (autonomous underwater vehicle engineering)

Linda Kuhnz

  • Estrella Jarquin, Brianna Melgoza, Juan Romero, high school students, Pajaro Valley High School, Monterey Bay Aquarium (MBA) Watsonville Area Teens Conserving Habitats (testing the abundance and diversity of macroinvertebrates on settlement plates on plastic vs. natural substrates)
  • Erin Malsbury, undergraduate summer intern, University of Georgia (symbionts and environmental factors related to deep-sea coral size and health)

 Steven Litvin

  • Taylor Eddy, graduate student, California State University, Monterey Bay (lobster foraging and marine-protected-area design)
  • Riley Young, undergraduate, California State University, Monterey Bay (juvenile squid and krill interactions)

Gene Massion

  • Brian Ha, graduate summer intern, University of Michigan (closed-loop depth controller and mission operations control for the MBARI coastal profiling float)

George Matsumoto

  • Adam Laris, Leslie Lazo, Evelyn Barragan, Thomas Tamayo, high school students, Watsonville High School, MBA Watsonville Area Teens Conserving Habitats (how do soil nutrients affect the plants in the mudflats and in the pond?)

Mike McCann

  • Daniel Calderon Manriquez, undergraduate students, California State University, Monterey Bay (leaflet upgrade to Spatial Temporal Oceanographic Query System (STOQS) user interface)
  • Carlos Huizar Valenzuela, undergraduate students, California State University, Monterey Bay (leaflet upgrade to Spatial Temporal Oceanographic Query System (STOQS) user interface)
  • Yang Jing, undergraduate students, California State University, Monterey Bay (leaflet upgrade to Spatial Temporal Oceanographic Query System (STOQS) user interface)
  • Mark Mocek, undergraduate student, California State University Monterey Bay (machine learning exploration of STOQS database data)
  • Cody Parker, undergraduate students, California State University, Monterey Bay (leaflet upgrade to Spatial Temporal Oceanographic Query System (STOQS) user interface)
  • Mirana Saari, undergraduate student, California State University Monterey Bay (machine learning exploration of STOQS database data)
  • Bret Stine, undergraduate student, California State University Monterey Bay (machine learning exploration of STOQS database data)

 Charles Paull

  • Steve Dobbs, PhD student, Stanford University (origin and evolution of submarine gullies)
  • Katie L. Maier, postdoctoral fellow (channel-to-lobe transitions within submarine channels)
  • Nora Nieminski, postdoctoral fellow, Stanford University (run out from gravity flows monitored in the Coordinated Canyon Experiment, and possible flows generated by the Loma Prieta and 1906 earthquakes)
  • Zackary Sickman, PhD student, Stanford University (quantifying the sediment sources for the sands passing through Monterey Canyon using the detrital zircon geochronology)
  • Colin White, PhD student, Stanford University (development of bars within submarine channels)

Bruce Robison

  • Ben Burford, PhD student, Stanford University (intraspecific communication by oceanic squids)
  • Stephanie Bush, MBARI/MBA postdoctoral (life history studies of cephalopods for MBA’s Tentacles exhibit)
  • Anela Choy, postdoctoral fellow (microplastics in the oceanic water column and food web)
  • Katie Thomas, PhD student, Duke University (eyes and vision in mesopelagic squids)
  • Diana Li, PhD student, Stanford University (neural function and control of locomotor actions in squid)

Steve Rock

  • Ashley Clark, PhD student, Stanford University (correspondence detection in natural terrain: computer vision techniques for noisy 3D-range data)
  • David Stonestrom, PhD student, Stanford University (detection of changes in benthic terrain using Reson-based terrain-relative navigation)
  • Adam Wiktor, PhD student, Stanford University (cooperative terrain-relative navigation using a group of AUVs)
  • Miao Zhang, PhD student, Stanford University (machine learning approaches for target classification during long duration midwater tracking)

 John Ryan

  • Jesse Bausell, PhD student, University of California, Santa Cruz (optical oceanography)
  • Thomas Bergamaschi, undergraduate summer intern, University of California, Santa Cruz (machine learning for studies of hierarchical structure in humpback song)
  • Tryge Fossum, PhD student, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (applications of remote sensing and AUVs to coastal oceanography)
  • Miriam Hauer-Jensen, undergraduate summer intern, Scripps College (traditional methods for studies of hierarchical structure in humpback song)
  • Henry Housekeeper, PhD student, University of California, Santa Cruz (optical oceanography)
  • Jay Lowe, undergraduate students, California State University, Monterey Bay (humpback song hierarchical structure)
  • Meredith McPherson, PhD student, University of California, Santa Cruz (ecology of bull kelp; remote sensing)
  • Abraham Medina, undergraduate students, California State University, Monterey Bay (humpback song hierarchical structure)
  • Will Oestreich, PhD student, Stanford University (automated detection and classification of baleen whale vocalizations; baleen whale ecology)
  • Erin Satterthwaite, PhD student, University of California, Davis (zooplankton ecology)
  • Stephanie Snyder, PhD student, Thomas More University (fish ecology in the southern California Current System)
  • Jessen Winardinata, undergraduate students, California State University, Monterey Bay (humpback song hierarchical structure)

Henry Ruhl

  • Jeff Ardron, PhD student, University of Southampton (transparency in the deep-seabed mining industry)
  • Noelie Benoist, PhD student, University of Southampton (a metabolic theory of deep-sea ecology)
  • Alisa Crisp, educator intern, Imperial College (ways to engage the public with phytoplankton, harmful algal blooms, and the Central and Northern California Ocean Observing System)
  • Phillip Smith, PhD student, University of Southampton (deep-sea community dynamics)
  • Anita Hollingsworth, PhD student, University of Southampton, (benthic microbial diversity)
  • Jennifer Walker, PhD student, University of Southampton (machine vision and image-based data)

Ken Smith

  • Victoria Assad, undergraduate summer intern, California State, University Monterey Bay (acorn worm population change and bioturbation)
  • Danielle Fabian, graduate student, California State University, Monterey Bay (grenadier population change)
  • Kristen Laccetti, undergraduate summer intern, State University of New York System (Export efficiency of organic carbon from surface waters to abyssal depths)

Yui Takeshita

  • Heidi Hirsh, graduate student, Stanford University (effects of seagrass on coastal carbon dynamics)
  • Stephen Nixon, graduate summer intern, California State University, Monterey Bay (processing eddy covariance data using Python)

Alexandra Worden

  • Charlotte Eckmann, PhD student, University of California, Santa Cruz (deep-see microbiomes)
  • Rachel Harbeitner Clark, PhD student, University of California, Santa Cruz (deep-sea free-living bacterial communities)
  • Maria Hamilton, PhD student, University of California, Santa Cruz (ecology of polar plankton)
  • Juliana Nzongo, PhD student, University of California, Santa Cruz (mixotrophic algae)

Kevan Yamahara

  • Edward Good, undergraduate summer intern, University of Exeter (collection and processing of environmental DNA)