Invited lectures and mentorships

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.

2017 MBARI invited lectures

Nancy Barr

  • California State University, Monterey Bay, Seaside

James Barry

  • American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Point Lobos Docents, Carmel, California
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium, California

Kelly Benoit-Bird

  • Society for Marine Mammalogy 22nd Biennial Meeting, Halifax, Canada

 James Birch

  • Oceanology, San Diego, California
  • Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovative Capacity, Atlanta, Georgia
  • International Workshop on Innovative Technologies for Chemical Security, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

 Peter Brewer

  • Institute for Oceanology, China Academy of Sciences, Qingdao
  • Xiamen Symposium on Marine Environmental Sciences, China

 Francisco Chavez

  • Mexican Carbon Program Annual Meeting, Ensenada
  • Ocean Conference for Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14, New York City
  • Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry Meeting, Woods Hole, Massachusetts
  • Partnership for Observations of the Global Ocean Biology Task Force Meeting, San Diego, California
  • Workshop on the Application of Glider Technology for Sustained Oceanographic Oobservation under Climate Variability and Change, Lima, Peru
  • International Workshop on Regional Climate Change Scenarios for the Peru Upwelling Ecosystem and the Anchoveta, Lima

 Anela Choy

  • University of South Carolina, Columbia
  • Friday Harbor Laboratories, University of Washington
  • Scripps Institution of Oceanography at University of California, San Diego, La Jolla
  • Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island, Kingston
  • Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology,  University of Hawaiʻi, Kaneohe

 David Clague

  • American Geophysical Union Chapman Conference on Submarine Volcanism, Hobart, Australia

Judith Connor

  • Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, California
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, California

 Andrea Fassbender

  • University of California, Santa Cruz

Kim Fulton-Bennett

  • Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center, Santa Cruz, California

Steven Haddock

  • Duke University, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • California State Summer School for Mathematics and Sciences, Santa Cruz, California
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, California

Ken Johnson

  • Dahlhousie University, Halifax, Canada
  • Halifax Public Library, Canada
  • Argo Canada Biogeochemical Planning Meeting, Halifax, Canada
  • Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California
  • Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, Hobart, Tasmania
  • Southern Ocean Workshop, Boulder, Colorado
  • Transducers Conference, Kaoshiung, Taiwan
  • Gordon Research Conference on Chemical Oceanography, New London, New Hampshire

Kakani Katija

  • Stanford University, Palo Alto, California
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Stanford University, California
  • Bates College, Lewiston, Maine
  • University of California, Bodega Marine Laboratory
  • University of Colorado, Boulder

 Matthew Kemp

  • Prognostics and Health Management Society Conference, Saint Petersburg, Florida
  • Center for Marine Robotics, Woods Hole, Massachusetts

 Brian Kieft

  • University of Porto, Portugal
  • University Polytechnic of Catalonia, Vilanova, Spain

 Linda Kuhnz

  • Marine Imaging Conference, Kiel, Germany

 George Matsumoto

  • Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, California
  • Google, Mountain View, California

 Monique Messié

  • CoastWatch Annual Meeting, Santa Cruz, California

 Charles Paull

  • Point Lobos Docents Meeting, Carmel, California
  • University of California Berkley
  • International Conference on Geomorphology, New Delhi, India

 Christina Preston

  • Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, California
  • Microbe 2017, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Dream Conference, Watsonville, California

 John Ryan

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, D.C.
  • Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, California
  • National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association, Silver Spring, Maryland
  • Point Lobos State Park, Carmel, California

Kyra Schlining

  • SpectorDance, Marina, California

 Yui Takeshita

  • Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota
  • Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observations and Modeling Annual Meeting, Princeton, New Jersey
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
  • University of California, Bodega Marine Laboratory 

Susan von Thun

  • Phycological Society of America, Monterey, California
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, California

 Alexandra Worden

  • Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Tübingen, Germany
  • European Molecular Biology Organization Conference on Comparative Genomics of Eukaryotic Microbes, Sant Feliu de Guíxols, Spain
  • International Congress of Protistology, Prague, Czech Republic
  • International Choanoflagellate Workshop, Berkeley, California
  • Phycological Society of America, Monterey, California
  • Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California
  • University of Seville, Spain
  • Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, Texel
  • Society for General Microbiology Annual Conference, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • International Phycological Congress, Szczecin, Poland

 Yanwu Zhang

  • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Massachusetts
  • California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California

2017 MBARI mentorships

Nancy Barr

  • Emma Bueren, undergraduate summer intern, University of Washington, Seattle (science communication)

James Barry

  • Charles Boch, postdoctoral fellow (effects of current and future upwelling variability on abalone life history)
  • Josh Lord, postdoctoral fellow (ecological community responses to warming and ocean acidification)
  • Crystal Ng, PhD student, Stanford University (effect of acidification and hypoxia on interactions between giant kelp [Macrocystis pyrifera] and some of its grazers [amphipods, snails])

Kelly Benoit-Bird

  • Elan Portner, PhD student, Stanford University (effects of El Niño on deep scattering layers in the Gulf of California)
  • Mei Sato, postdoctoral fellow, Oregon State University (physical-biological coupling in coastal marine ecosystems)

Peter Brewer

  • David Jumes, undergraduate summer intern, Lawrence University (using Raman spectroscopy to reveal the chemical physics of water in seawater)

 Anela Choy

  • Jesse Suggs, undergraduate student, California State University, Monterey Bay (examining mercury levels in midwater animals of Monterey Bay)

 David Clague

  • Morgane LeSaout, postdoctoral fellow (Structural evolution of mid-ocean ridges)

Danelle Cline, John Ryan

  • Daniel DeLeon, undergraduate summer intern, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (passive acoustic monitoring of blue and fin whales through machine learning)
  • William Oestreich, graduate student, Stanford University (automated identification and classification of whale calls)

Jon Erickson

  • Junior high and high school students, Quest Institute (competing in the Shell Ocean Exploration X-Prize and student experiments on the MARS node)

Jared Figurski

  • Dylan Gibbs, high school intern, Monterey Academy of Oceanographic Science (build an oceanographic mooring)

Steven Haddock

  • Séverine Martini, postdoctoral fellow (oceanography of bioluminescence)
  • Jacob Winnikoff, graduate student, University of California, Santa Cruz (enzyme evolution)
  • Darrin Schultz, graduate student, University of California, Santa Cruz (invertebrate genomics)
  • Alex Damian-Serrano, graduate student, Yale University (feeding ecology and evolution)

Christine Huffard, Ken Smith

  • Larissa Lemon, graduate student, California State University, Monterey Bay (indicators of growth and reproduction in deep sea holothuroids)
  • Danielle Fabian, graduate student and summer intern, California State University, Monterey Bay (deep-sea grenadiers and climate change)
  • Victoria Assad, undergraduate summer intern, California State University, Monterey Bay (Tergivelum baldwinae, a benthic acorn worm’s behavior in relation to structure and food supply)

 Kakani Katija

  • Ariel Harned, undergraduate student, George Washington University (maneuverability capability of swimming marine polychaetes Tomopteris)
  • Nadege Aoki, undergraduate student, Cornell University (a kinematic description of swimming in the marine polychaete Tomopteris)
  • Genevieve Flaspohler, graduate student, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, /Massachusetts Institute of Technology (characterizing behaviors of tagged veined squid Loligo forbesi)
  • Diana Li, graduate student, Stanford University (the effects of animal size and fluid regime on locomotion in squid hatchlings)

 Linda Kuhnz

  • Estrella Jarquin, Brianna Melgoza, and Juan Romero, high school students, Pajaro Valley High School (does the type of marine debris matter; testing the abundance and diversity of macroinvertebrates on settlement plates on plastic vs. natural substrates)
  • Christian Luna, Michelle Ramirez,  and Oscar Sanchez, high school students, Watsonville High School (how does the amount of dissolved oxygen and levels of turbidity affect the abundance and diversity of crabs in Elkhorn Slough?)
  • Seventy-five students in the Watsonville Area Teens Conserving Habitats program, Aptos High School, Pajaro Valley High School, and Watsonville High School (experimental design and random sampling protocols)

 Danelle Cline, Duane Edgington

  • Nathan Yee, undergraduate summer intern, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering (automated detection and classification of deep-sea imagery)

George Matsumoto

  • Marcus Chavez, Samantha Reynoso, and Brenna Roby, high school students, Watsonville High (how do tides affect biodiversity in the mudflats?)
  • Evelyn Barragan, Adam Iaris, Leslie Lazo, and Thomas Tamayo, high school students, Watsonville High School (how do soil nutrients affect the plants in the mudflats and in the pond?)

Mike McCann

  • Noemi Cuin, Lesly Garcia Jimenez, Samuel Villavicencio, and Jose Sanchez, undergraduate students, California State University Monterey Bay (add “Contour Plot” radio buttons to STOQS User Interface)
  • Rachel Kahn, undergraduate summer Intern, Scripps College (implementing unsupervised machine learning algorithms in STOQS)

Monique Messié

  • Ashaar Sanchez, undergraduate summer intern, Rutgers State University (environmental factors influencing zooplankton diel vertical migration in Monterey Bay, California)

 Charles Paull

  • Cristian Carvajal, postdoctoral fellow (stratigraphic evolution of deep-sea channels)
  • Monica Schwehr, postdoctoral fellow (five –centimeter- and one-centimeter-resolution mapping)
  • Zachary Sickman, PhD student, Stanford University (quantifying the sediment sources for the sands passing through Monterey Canyon using the detrital zircon geochronology)

 John Ryan

  • Meredith McPherson, graduate student, University of California, Santa Cruz (kelp ecology)
  • Jesse Bausell, graduate student, University of California, Santa Cruz (marine remote sensing)
  • Erin Satterthwaite, graduate student, University of California, Davis (larval ecology)

 Brian Schlining

  • Tommy Ha, Daniel Jauregui, and David Mah-Little, undergraduate students, California State University, Monterey Bay (VARS Query Web interface)

Yui Takeshita

  • Heidi Hirsch, PhD student, Stanford University (seagrass biogeochemistry) 

Alexandra Worden

  • Charlotte Eckmann, graduate student, University of California, Santa Cruz (cellular quotas of marine phytoplankton)
  • Magda Gutowska, postdoctoral associate (vitamin cycling and its role in controlling primary producers)
  • Maria Hamilton, graduate student, University of California, Santa Cruz (polar phytoplankton)
  • Ellie Handler, undergraduate summer intern, Yale University (responses to light by an arctic strain of Micromonas)
  • Rachel Clark Harbeitner, graduate student, University of California, Santa Cruz (deep-sea microbial activities)
  • Elisabeth Hehenberger, postdoctoral fellow (phytoplankton acclimation to changing ocean conditions)
  • Kenneth Hoadley, postdoctoral fellow (primary production in future climates)
  • Yun-Chi Lin, postdoctoral associate (molecular responses of primary producers along ocean gradients)
  • Mohammad Moniruzzaman, postdoctoral fellow (the molecular biology of algal growth over the light:dark cycle)
  • David Needham, postdoctoral fellow (cell-to-cell microbial interactions in the sea)
  • Juliana Nzongo, graduate student, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Susanne Wilken, Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow (the microbial food chain of surface ocean)
  • Charmaine Yung, postdoctoral associate (microbial consortia)