2013 Expeditions

Benthic Biology Winter 2013 Expedition

December 11-16, 2013
Researchers' top priority for the cruise is to measure the sensitivity of deep-sea crabs to ocean acidification and low oxygen levels, two consequences of fossil fuel emissions to the atmosphere—it is amazing to think emissions are affecting animals at the bottom of the sea.

Midwater Ecology Fall 2013 Expedition

November 7-13, 2013
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.
picking apart logs

Benthic Biology 2013 Expedition

October 24-28, 2013
The benthic biology research group studies the biology and ecology of marine seafloor communities, with a goal of understanding interactions among environmental factors and biological adaptations that influence the survival, growth, and reproduction of organisms, ultimately determining their distribution and abundance. Their recent work emphasizes the influence of climate change on ocean animals and ecosystems.
fluorescent blue oil

Northern 2013 Expedition

July 27-September 10, 2013
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.

Bioluminescence and Biodiversity Expedition 2013

July 10-15, 2013
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.

Climate and Deep-Sea Communities 2013 Expedition

June 14-20, 2013
Deep-sea ecologist Ken Smith and his research team continue their 24-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.

Southern California 2013 Expedition

May 5-22, 2013
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.

Midwater Ecology 2013 Expedition

March 22-28, 2013
The midwater ecology group is documenting the effects of declining oxygen concentrations on midwater communities, and has spent thousands of hours surveying and describing the deep waters of the ocean.