Invited lectures and mentorships

Maughan and Santos Elizondo with shark fin model.

MBARI Mechanical Engineer Thom Maughan (left) and Summer Intern Gabriel M. Santos Elizondo with their shark fin model used in the creation of the shark camera. Photo: Madison Heard © 2019 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.

2019 MBARI invited lectures

James Barry

  • Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, California
  • Grounded Climate Summit, Napa, California
  • Aptos Library Seminar Series, California
  • Mellon Climate Series, Monterey, California

Kelly Benoit-Bird

  • Syracuse University, New York
  • Acoustical Society of America Meeting, San Diego, California

James Birch

  • Ocean Robotics, University of Aveiro, Portugal
  • Marine Microbiology, Gordon Conference, Hong Kong
  • Oxford University, England
  • Marine Autonomy and Technology Symposium, Southampton, England

Francisco Chavez

  • Association for the Science of Limnology and Oceanography, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Humboldt Tipping Meeting, Lima, Peru
  • Consorcio de Investigación del Golfo de México, Merida, Mexico
  • IMBER Future Oceans2 Conference, Brest, France
  • OceanObs’19, Honolulu, Hawaii

David Clague

  • San Jose State University, California

Patrick Daniel

  • Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council, Monterey, California

Andrea Fassbender

  • Scripps Institution of Oceanography, San Diego, California
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, California
  • University of California, Santa Barbara

Steven Haddock

  • Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Massachusetts
  • The California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • 10th Annual Whalefest Monterey, California
  • California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco
  • Strategic Conference of Zebrafish Investigators, Asilomar, California

Christine Huffard

  • American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists, Monterey, California

Kakani Katija

  • Frontiers of Ocean Sciences, National Science Foundation, Alexandria, Virginia
  • Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, California
  • University of California, Irvine
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • Emerging Technologies for the Blue Economy (virtual workshop), Inter-American Development Bank
  • Friends of Hopkins Marine Station Seminar Series, Pacific Grove, California
  • Festival of Curiosity, Dublin, Ireland
  • Sons in Retirement, Carmel, California
  • National Geographic Society, Washington, D.C.

Matthew Kemp

  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, San Diego, California
  • Prognostics and Health Management Society, Scottsdale, Arizona

William Kirkwood

  • Oceans 2019, Marseille, France
  • IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society, Distinguished Lecturer, Toulon, France
  • OceanObs’19, Honolulu, Hawaii

Steven Litvin

  • University of California, Bodega Marine Laboratory, Bodega Bay

George Matsumoto

  • Monterey Bay Aquarium, California
  • Livermore Library, California
  • 10th Annual Whalefest Monterey, California
  • California State University, Monterey Bay, Seaside, California
  • STEM Career Inspiration (virtual talk), Silicon Valley, California

Megan McKinzie

  • Alaska Fisheries Science Center, Marine Mammal Laboratory, Seattle, Washington
  • Ocean Tracking Network Symposium, Arendal, Norway
  • Wildlife Computers Lecture Series, Redmond, Washington
  • NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, Honolulu, Hawaii

Monique Messié

  • European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna, Austria
  • Laboratory for Ocean Physics and Satellite Remote Sensing, Brest, France

Charles Paull

  • Catch the Next Wave, San Diego, California
  • San Jose State University, California
  • Cascadia Earthquake Hazard Workshop, Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Teledyne Marine Users Conference, San Diego, California
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
  • American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, California

Henry Ruhl

  • University of California, Santa Cruz
  • American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, California

John Ryan

  • Acoustical Society of America, San Diego, California
  • Zhejiang University, Zhoushan, China
  • First International Conference on Fronts and Eddies, Zhoushan, China
  • Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, California
  • Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center, Santa Cruz, California

Yui Takeshita

  • Monterey Peninsula College, California

Alexandra Z. Worden

  • Ringberg Symposium on Giant Virus Biology, Castle Ringberg, Germany
  • International Workshop on Trait-Based Approaches to Ocean Life, Chicheley Hall, United Kingdom
  • Crafoord Symposium in Biosciences, Sweden

2019 MBARI mentorships

James Barry

  • Charles Boch, postdoctoral fellow (deep-sea coral and sponge community studies)
  • Amanda Kahn, postdoctoral fellow (deep-sea coral and sponge ecology and physiology)

James Barry, Steven Litvin

  • Kelsey Nichols, undergraduate summer intern, University of Hawaii (effects of upwelling on abalone respiration.)

James Birch, Kevan Yamahara

  • Karen Bobier, graduate summer intern, University of Georgia (eDNA of salmonids in coastal streams)

Kelly Benoit-Bird

  • Stephen Nixon, graduate summer intern, California State University, Monterey Bay (processing eddy covariance data using Python)
  • Samuel Urmy, postdoctoral fellow (predator-prey interactions in the deep scattering layers)

Charles Boch

  • Jeremie Bauer, graduate student, Autonomous University of Baja California (enhancing the growth of red abalone Haliotis rufescens by co-cultivating with warty sea cucumber Apostichopus parvimensis)
  • Christian Vela, graduate student, Autonomous University of Baja California (control of spawning and cultivating the warty sea cucumber Apostichopus parvimensis)

David Caress, Charlie Paull

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

Francisco Chavez

  • Nathan Keane, graduate summer intern, University California, Santa Cruz (adjoint backtracking of krill hotspots: source water variability in the California Current ecosystem)
  • Markus Min, undergraduate summer intern, University California, Los Angeles (characterizing the plankton communities of Monterey Bay using environmental DNA)

Danelle Cline, Duane Edgington

  • Connor Hale, undergraduate summer intern, California State University, Monterey Bay (determining performance criteria for machine-based image classification using deep learning)
  • Edgar Reyes, undergraduate summer intern, California State University, Monterey Bay (determining performance criteria for machine-based image classification using deep learning)

Patrick Daniel

  • Minelly Garcia, Edwin Ortega, Daniel Ruiz, Josues Santos, high school students, Pajaro Valley High School, Monterey Bay Aquarium Watsonville Area Teens Conserving Habitats (tidal current effects on crab diversity at Eby dock and Whistlestop)

Andrea Fassbender

  • William Haskell, postdoctoral fellow (carbon export estimates from biogeochemical profiling floats)

Kim Fulton-Bennett

  • Katie Brown, graduate student, University of California, Santa Cruz (science communications)

Steven Haddock

  • Tiffany Bachtel, graduate student, The Evergreen State College (characterization of metabolic enzymes)
  • Manabu Bessho, postdoctoral fellow (novel bioluminescence biochemistry)
  • Maggie Cooper, undergraduate summer intern, Eckerd College (cloning and expression of radiolarian photoproteins)
  • Alejandro Damian-Serrano, graduate student, Yale University (food web dynamics and evolution of predator-prey relationships)
  • Marisol Figueroa, undergraduate summer intern, California State University, Monterey Bay (time-series analyses of VARS data)
  • Darrin Schultz, graduate student, University of California, Santa Cruz (genomic approaches)
  • Jacob Winnikoff, graduate student, University of California, Santa Cruz (physiological adaptation to extremes)

Brett Hobson, Carlos Rueda

  • Riley Rettig, undergraduate summer intern, University of California, Santa Cruz (adding arrays and macros to TethysL for more user-friendly LRAUV mission scripting)

Ken Johnson

  • Charlie Watkins, undergraduate summer intern, John Hopkins University (development of an oceanographic current meter using a low-cost inertial measurement unit)

 Kakani Katija

  • Diana Li, graduate student, Stanford University (squid propulsion at low Reynolds number)
  • Aaron Ray, graduate summer intern, Brown University (TankTrack: A lab-based camera tracking system for PIV flow analysis)

William Kirkwood

  • Kayleigh Dobson, undergraduate, Santa Clara University (wing-in-ground effect AUV platform)
  • Ian Tierney, graduate student, Santa Clara University (characterization of a ducted fan underwater)
  • Michael Neumann, postdoctoral fellow, Santa Clara University (shearwater, a hybrid autonomous underwater vehicle platform, performance analysis)

 Steven Litvin

  • Taylor Eddy, graduate student, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (lobster foraging)
  • Riley Young, undergraduate student, California State University, Monterey Bay (krill and squid trophodynamics)

Lonny Lundsten, Nancy Jacobsen Stout

  • Joshua Zahner, undergraduate summer intern, University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (an exploratory data portal for VARS)

Thom Maughan

  • Gabriel Santos Elizondo, undergraduate summer intern, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (biology to technology: learning and teaching microcontroller use for project development)

George Matsumoto

  • Amelia Falcon, Jennifer Hernandez, Xochitl Martinez, Elise Ramirez, high school students, Pajaro Valley High School, Monterey Bay Aquarium Watsonville Area Teens Conserving Habitats (the significance of turbidity in the water and what effect it might have on fish species abundance and richness found at the levee in Elkhorn Slough, California)

Monique Messié

  • Ibrahima Coly, graduate student intern, Aix Marseille Université, France (seasonal and interannual variability of phytoplankton enrichments in the southwest Pacific)

 Charles Paull

  • Natasha Chapplow, graduate student, University of Durham (lofting of sediment associated with submarine density flows)
  • Steven Dobbs, graduate student, Stanford University (submarine geomorphology)
  • Katie L. Maier, postdoctoral fellow (channel-to-lobe transitions within submarine channels)
  • Colin White, graduate student, Stanford University (lateral accretion packages in submarine channels)

Bruce Robison

  • Vanessa Stenvers, graduate summer intern, University of Groningen (gill parasites in mesopelagic squid: towards an understanding of prevalence and infection strategy)

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)
  • Anita Hollingsworth, PhD student, University of Southampton (benthic microbial diversity)
  • Jennifer Walker, PhD student, University of Southampton (machine vision and image-based data)

 John Ryan

  • Jesse Bausell, PhD student, University of California, Santa Cruz (optical oceanography)
  • Samara Haver, PhD student, Oregon State University (soundscape analysis)
  • Henry Housekeeper, PhD student, University of California, Santa Cruz (optical oceanography)
  • William Oestreich, PhD student, Stanford University (blue whale ecology)
  • Niky Taylor, PhD student, University of California, Santa Cruz (optical oceanography)
  • Meredith McPherson, PhD student, University of California, Santa Cruz (remote sensing; ecology of bull kelp)
  • Erin Satterthwaite, PhD student, University of California, Davis (zooplankton ecology)

Ken Smith

  • Victoria Assad, undergraduate student, California State University, Monterey Bay (behavior and ecology of acorn worms at Station M)
  • Virginia Biede, graduate summer intern, University of Southampton (high-resolution changes in megafauna community composition at Station M)
  • April Curnutt, undergraduate summer intern, Monterey Peninsula College (long-term changes in Benthocodon density at Station M)
  • Danielle Fabian, graduate student, California State University, Monterey Bay (long-term changes in fish populations at Station M)
  • Olmo Miguez-Salas, Universidad de Granada, Ministry of Spain summer research abroad (changes in animal traces with benthic storm activity at Station M)
  • Norman Sween, undergraduate summer intern, California State University, Monterey Bay (ecology of Munidopsis)

Sebastian Sudek

  • Jessica Bullington, graduate summer intern, University of Hawaii at Manoa (digging into DNA: evaluating propidium monoazide as a tool to remove nonviable microbial DNA from sediment cores)

Yui Takeshita

  • Kyle Conner, undergraduate summer intern, University California, San Diego (developing a simple air-calibration protocol for underwater gliders)
  • Heidi Hirsh, graduate student, Stanford University (effects of seagrass on coastal carbon dynamics)
  • Michelle Platz, PhD student, University of South Florida (developing tools to monitor coral restoration efforts)

Susan von Thun

  • Madison Heard, graduate summer intern, California State University, Monterey Bay (inspiring engagement via online platforms)

Alexandra Z. Worden

  • Charlotte Eckmann, PhD student, University of California, Santa Cruz (deep-sea 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)
  • Kenneth Hoadley, postdoctoral fellow (photosynthetic processes in algae)
  • David Needham, postdoctoral fellow (microbial biodiversity and interactions)
  • Juliana Nzongo, PhD student, University of California, Santa Cruz (mixotrophic algae)
  • Fabian Wittmers and Jessica Eberle, graduate interns at Kiel University, Germany (microbial biodiversity)

Yanwu Zhang

  • Ethan Park, graduate summer intern, Northwestern University (developing a simulator for collaborative LRAUVs)