Expeditions

MBARI is strategically located in Moss Landing, California, where its researchers can quickly access the deep waters of the Monterey Canyon. Made famous by John Steinbeck’s classic novel Cannery Row, Monterey Bay is the ocean equivalent of the Grand Canyon and it provides unprecedented access to the deep sea. Thanks to the geology of the region—a steep drop-off to near-abyssal depths within 100 kilometers (about 60 miles) offshore—the deep is very close. In less than three hours, scientists can be exploring the seafloor nearly a thousand meters below the surface with Doc Ricketts and Ventana—MBARI’s remotely operated vehicles (ROV). In just eight hours, scientists can be exploring the abyssal plain at a depth of almost three kilometers (two miles).

The institute operates two research vessels, the R/V Western Flyer for longer multi-day expeditions and the R/V Rachel Carson mainly for one-day trips out to sea, with occasional longer missions to conduct seafloor mapping. MBARI teams also collaborate with other institutions aboard ships operated by academic and government organizations around the world. Researchers are very busy during these expeditions, often multi-tasking various science and engineering activities to accomplish their goals within a few days. These cruise logs provide a glimpse into what goes on during an MBARI expedition and what our researchers are doing to help answer important science questions.

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.

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