Administration and Planning

View of MBARI facilities from the beach

In addition to operating and maintaining three research vessels, two submersibles, and a suite of AUVs, Marine Operations also works in conjunction with and in support of all other MBARI divisions to accomplish the short and long-term goals of the institute.

Spearheading this effort is Michael Kelly, division director, along with Ian Leik, the marine operations manager. Sara Arguilla is the division administrator and Natalie Fairchild is the administrative assistant. Matt Schultz is the logistics specialist, assisting with ship scheduling and expedition planning.

The division of Marine Operations is staffed by about 40 staff members. Please see DMO people for a complete listing.

Committees which serve as communication and planning forums

Marine Advisory Committee The purpose of the Marine Advisory Committee (MAC) is to recommend priorities for the best use of MBARI’s marine assets and to provide advice to the president on issues related to marine operations. The MAC advises on the annual ship-operating schedules, is provided with updates on ship and ROV enhancements in progress, and recommends plans and procedures to ensure a high level of functionality and reliability in meeting with MBARI’s research goals.

ROV Users Committee Some general objectives of the ROV Users Committee (ROVUC) are to enhance and facilitate communication between MBARI staff on ROV issues, centralize information concerning ROV developments/upgrades, etc., and attempt resolution of ROV issues. The committee provides recommendations on ROV issues to the MBARI president and division directors.

At Sea

Research Vessel Western Flyer
Research Vessel Rachel Carson
Research Vessel Paragon
Emergencies and contacts
Onboard documents and logs
Policies and operating guidelines
Cruise planning
Marine operations policies
Departure/arrival times
Early departure
Elevator payload limits
Equipment design guidelines
Hazardous materials
Homer beacon policies
Lab use and chemical safety
NILSPIN ™ oceanographic ropes
Push core policies and description
RHIB operations
Rigging policy
Science party size
Cruise planning
R/V Western Flyer cruise planning
Checklist of Supplies
Cruises outside home port
Data and video: formats and specifics
Departure/arrival times
early departure
Hazardous materials
Precruises and postcruises
ROV dive time definitions
RHIB operations
ROV users checklist
Science party guidelines
Scuba diving
Ship to shore communications
R/V Rachel Carson cruise planning
R/V Paragon cruise planning
Marine operations policies
Remotely operated vehicles
ROV Ventana
ROV Doc Ricketts
Mini remotely operated vehicle (ROV)
Autonomous underwater vehicles
Gulper autonomous underwater vehicle
Seafloor mapping AUV
Long-range autonomous underwater vehicle Tethys
Investigations of imaging for midwater autonomous platforms
Benthic Rover
Autonomous surface vehicles
Wave Glider
Wave Glider-based communications hotspot
2020 Expeditions
2019 Expeditions
2018 Expeditions
2017 Expeditions
2016 Expeditions
2015 Expeditions
2014 Expeditions
2013 Expeditions
2012 Expeditions
Cabled observatory
About MARS
MARS contacts
MARS science experiments
Ocean Soundscape
Soundscape Listening Room
MARS hydrophone data
How to connect to MARS
MARS contacts
How to interface
MARS site description
MARS instrument deployment
MARS biology
MARS technology
MARS connector wiring
MARS node description
More ocean observatory resources
Local notice to mariners
Mooring data
Research tools
Administration & planning
Cruise planning
Marine operations technicians
Marine operations policies