2012 Expeditions

Climate and Deep-Sea Communities 2012 Expedition

November 12-18, 2012
Deep-sea ecologist Ken Smith and his research team continue their 23-year-long time-series study of the coupling of open-ocean food supplies and the responses of seafloor communities at Station M, approximately 200 kilometers (125 miles) off the coast of Point Conception in the eastern North Pacific Ocean.

Midwater Ecology 2012 Expedition

October 22-27, 2012
On this six-day research cruise, the midwater ecology research team, headed by Bruce Robison, will be examining the physiological characteristics of midwater animals relative to the expanding oxygen minimum zone.

Bioluminescence and Biodiversity 2012 Expedition

September 28-October 3, 2012
Steve Haddock's research group and their collaborators study deep-sea gelatinous zooplankton (various types of jelly-like animals). Haddock's research focuses on bioluminescence, biodiversity, and ecology of deep-sea and open-ocean ctenophores, siphonophores, radiolarians, and medusae.

Midwater Ecology 2012 Expedition

July 13-19, 2012
On this week-long research cruise, the midwater ecology research team, headed by Dr. Bruce Robison, will be examining the physiological characteristics of midwater animals relative to the expanding oxygen minimum zone.

Gulf of California 2012 Expedition

February 4-May 1, 2012
MBARI scientists are making their third expedition to the Gulf of California to build on research conducted during expeditions in 2012 and 2003. They will continue many ongoing investigations in this 1,130-kilometer-long (700-mile-long) finger of water that separates the peninsula of Baja California from mainland Mexico.

Sargasso Sea Expeditions

MBARI’s research vessel Western Flyer and remotely operated vehicle Doc Ricketts are on a seven-week expedition to the waters off the coasts of Oregon and Washington. A multidisciplinary group of MBARI scientists and collaborators will explore and conduct research experiments on gas hydrates, the behavior of carbon dioxide in the deep sea, underwater volcanoes, and deep-sea animals.