Linda Kuhnz

Senior Research Technician

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

7700 Sandholdt Road

Moss Landing, CA 95039

Phone: (831) 775-1840


Linda is a marine biologist specializing in deep sea habitats. Working on specific projects, primarily with the Barry and Smith labs, she conducts habitat characterization studies in benthic ecosystems using quantitative underwater video and seafloor samples. This work includes the identification of small animals that live in marine sediments (macrofauna), and larger invertebrates and fishes that live on the seafloor or just above it (megafauna).  Over-arching work in MBARI’s video lab entails identifiying deep-sea animals, evaluating behaviors, and documenting geological and habitat features in hundreds of hours of seafloor imagery each year. Linda also provides support to MBARI’s summer intern program and the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s education programs.


M.S., Marine Science, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, California State University
B.S., Marine Biology, Chemistry minor, San Jose State University

Select projects Video productions

Other major projects

Escaping predators: Finding refuge on a deep-living sea cucumber
Our ever-changing deep sea
Deep-sea snow blower vents
Challenges of the Deep Educational DVD
Trash in the deep sea: Bringing a hidden problem to light
Life on the edge: Is ocean acidification a threat to deep-sea life?
Climate Variation, Food Availability, and Deep-Sea Ecosystems
Robotic laboratory monitors bacteria at undersea mound 
Carbon dioxide experiments on the seafloor

Just for fun
Eerie Critters of the Deep: Deep-Sea Nightmare
Celebrating Cephalopods
The Blob(s)
Sea Pig interview for PBS “Unusual Creatures” series
Anthology of deep-sea squids
Spooky Eyes
Predators and Scavengers
Big Teeth
Cirrate Octopus

MBARI Publications

Prior to 2011