2018 Expeditions

Seafloor Ecology Expedition 2018

November 30 to December 5, 2018 – The Benthic biology and ecology group is heading out to study deep-sea communities in three different environments.

Midwater Ecology Expedition 2018

November 9-17, 2018 – The Midwater Ecology Group is measuring oxygen consumption rates of select deep-sea animals using a custom-designed tool, the Midwater Respirometry System (MRS).

DEEPC Hawai'i Expedition 2018

November 1-12, 2018 – The Zooplankton biodiversity group is working to answer questions about the biochemical, physiological, and genetic adaptations that ctenophores have evolved to help them survive and diversify in the deep sea.

Seafloor Fault Expedition 2018

September 14 to October 2, 2018 – MBARI's Geological Changes group is studying submarine channels and seafloor faults offshore of Southern California.

Deep-Sea Respiration Expedition 2018

August 8-16, 2018 – The Midwater Ecology Group is measuring oxygen consumption rates of select deep-sea animals using a custom-designed tool, the Midwater Respirometry System (MRS).

Bioinspiration 2018 Expedition

June 21-26, 2018 – This research cruise is the first expedition of the Bioinspiration Lab on the R/V Western Flyer to study midwater organisms for bioinspired engineering design.

Chasing ocean ecosystem hotspots

June 5-11, 2018 – Large, multi-institution, CANON field experiment employs a wide range of technology to follow hotspots of biological activity.

Studying the biological pump

May 17-19, 2018 – During a recent research cruise MBARI's Marine Microbial Ecology Group and their colleagues retrieved experiments from the seafloor to learn about carbon cycling in the deep sea.

Pelagic-Benthic Coupling 2018 Expedition

April 18-25, 2018
MBARI's Pelagic-Benthic Coupling Group, led by Chief Scientist Ken Smith, return to their study site at Station M, located 200 kilometers off the coast of Santa Barbara, California, to understand how the supply of carbon affects deep-sea communities on the seafloor.