David Packard Distinguished Lecturers

The David Packard Distinguished Lecture series, inaugurated in 2000, brings eminent ocean researchers to MBARI to educate our staff on exciting developments in marine science and technology, and forge closer ties with the top oceanographers in all fields. Our past Distinguished Lecturers include:

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Prior to 2022

Bo Barker Jørgensen, Aarhus University, Denmark

Cryptic cycles and power laws in the anaerobic seabed bioreactor


Antje Boetius, Alfred Wegener Institute

The future of the Arctic Ocean: scientific and technological challenges in the 4-D exploration of ice-covered deep seas


James R. McFarlane, International Submarine Engineering, Ltd.

Genesis and metamorphosis of underwater work capability


Dana Yoerger, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

Technology for scientific deep-sea exploration: Where have we been, where are we now, and where are we going?


Carl Wunsch, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Climate and sea level change


Farooq Azam, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

The Microbial Sea Around Us


Donald Kennedy, Stanford University and Science Magazine

What’s Happening to Science?


Russ Davis, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Autonomous components of the ocean observing system


Arthur B. Baggeroer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Sonars, acoustics, and oceanography, or oceanography, acoustics, and sonar?


David Karl, University of Hawaii

Microbial Oceanography: Its scope, challenges, and opportunities


Fred Spiess, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Geodesy in the Service of Marine Geophysics


Sallie W. Chisholm, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Prochlorococcus: A window into the photosynthetic machinery of the oceans


Melbourne G. Briscoe, Office of Naval Research

Science, Technology, and People


James P. Kennett, University of California, Santa Barbara

Methane hydrate reservoir instability: Implications for marine geology and climate change