George I. Matsumoto

Senior Education & Research Specialist

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

7700 Sandholdt Road

Moss Landing, CA 95039

Phone: (831) 775-1757

Fax: (831) 775-1620


I arrived at MBARI in December 1996 after a PhD from UCLA, PostDoctoral Fellowship at Hopkins Marine Station (Stanford University), and three years as a marine biology Lecturer at Flinders University of South Australia.

As the senior education and research specialist, my role involves several different projects: seminar coordinator, summer internship coordinator, distance education, links between the research institute and other partners, and other projects that I haven’t begun yet. Please see our educational resources page for links. I am also very invested in Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) efforts both here at MBARI and elsewhere. MBARI’s JEDI resources can be found here.


I am interested in the open ocean and deep sea communities with particular emphasis on invertebrates. Specific areas of interest include: Ecology and biogeography of open ocean and deep sea organisms; Functional morphology, natural history, and behavior of pelagic and benthic organisms; Systematics and evolution of ctenophores and cnidarians (molecular phylogeny). I am also very committed towards education at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Curriculum Vitae


University of California at Berkeley (1980 – 1984)
A.B. degree conferred May 1984; Marine Botany emphasis
University of California, Los Angeles (1985 – 1990)
Ph.D degree conferred Dec. 1990


  • 2021-2023    AGU LANDInG (Leadership Academy and Network for Diversity and Inclusion in the Geosciences) cohort
  • 2021-current National Association of Marine Laboratories DEI committee
  • 2018-20        NAS Committee on Biological Collections: Their past, present, and future contributions and options for sustaining them.
  • 2018               NSF Integrative Programs Committee of Visitors
  • 2018               Consortium for Ocean Leadership Ocean Science Educators Retreat
  • 2017                Recognized as an ASLO Fellow
  • 2017                Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) Research Proposal panel
  • 2015-2018      Organizing committee for the 15th Deep Sea Biology Symposium in Monterey 2018
  • 2014                Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) Research Proposal panel.
  • 2014                External reviewer of National Academy of Sciences Board on Science Education (BOSE) workshop summary on Exploring the Overlap between “Literacy in Science” and the Practice of Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information: A Workshop
  • 2013-2015       National Research Council Roundtable on Public Interfaces of the Life Sciences
  • 2013-2014       NAS Committee on the Value and Sustainability of Biological Field Stations, Marine Laboratories, and Natural Resources in 21st Century Science, Education, and Public Outreach
  • 2013-2016       Chair of the ASLO Margalef Education Award Committee
  • 2010-current National Marine Educators Association co-chair of Traditional Ecological Knowledge Committee
  • 2010-2016       National Marine Educators Association Board Member
  • 2008-2009      National Academies of Sciences Committee to review NOAA’s Education Program: Review and Critique
  • 2008-2013       National Academies of Sciences Ocean Studies Board
  • 2008-2011       Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE) Advisory Board Member
  • 2004-2006      National Academies of Sciences Committee to provide an Evaluation of the Sea Grant Program Review Process
  • 2003-2011       Centers for Ocean Science Education and Excellence (COSEE) National Advisory Board
  • 2003-2009      Camp SEALab Advisory Board Member
  • 1998-2009       Friends of Monterey Academy of Oceanographic Sciences Board Member
  • 1997-current    MBNMS Education Panel
Publications (current-2006)
Matsumoto, G.I., Christianson, L.M., Robison, B.H., Haddock, S.H.D., Johnson, S.B., (2022). Atolla reynoldsi sp. nov. (Cnidaria, Scyphozoa, Coronatae, Atollidae): A new species of coronate Scyphozoan found in the Eastern North Pacific Ocean. Animals, 12: 1-21.
Gibbons, M.J., Haddock, S.H.D., Matsumoto, G.I., Foster, C., (2021). Records of ctenophores from South Africa. PeerJ, 9: 1-27.
Acevedo, M.J., Straehler-Pohl, I., Morandini, A.C., Stampar, S.N., Bentlage, B., Matsumoto, G.I., Yanagihara, A., Toshino, S., Bordehore, C., Fuentes, V.L., (2019). Revision of the genus Carybdea (Cnidaria: Cubozoa: Carybdeidae): Clarifying the identity of its type species Carybdea marsupialis. Zootaxa, 4543: 515-548.
Collins, A.G., Bentlage, B., Matsumoto, G.I., Haddock, S.H.D., Osborn, K.J., Schierwater, B., (2006). Solution to the phylogenetic enigma of Tetraplatia, a worm-shaped cnidarian. Biological Letters, 2: 120-124.
Havenhand, J.N., Matsumoto, G.I., Seidel, E., (2006). Megalodicopia hians in the Monterey submarine canyon: Distribution, larval development and culture. Deep-Sea Research Part I, 53: 215-222.
Adams, L., Matsumoto, G.I., (2007). Investigating coastal processes and nitrate levels in the Elkhorn Slough using real-time data. Oceanography, 20: 200-204.
Adams, L., Matsumoto, G.I., (2009). Enhancing ocean literacy using real-time data. Oceanography, 22: 8-9.
Adams, L.G., Matsumoto, G.I., (2011). The benefits and challenges of using real-time data in the classroom: Perspectives from the students, educators, and researchers. Marine Technology Society Journal, 45: 55-58.
Kecy, C.D., Peltzer, E.T., Walz, P.M., Headley, K., Herlien, R.A., Maughan, T., Matsumoto, G.I., O'Reilly, T.C., Salamy, K.A., Shane, F., Lovera, C., Scholfield, J., Kirkwood, W., Barry, J.P., Brewer, P.G., (2013). Open source instrumentation nodes for the greater oceanographic community. Proceedings of Marine Technology Society/Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers Oceans 2013 : .
Shane, F.F., Headley, K., Walz, P., Kecy, C., Matsumoto, G.I., Herlien, R.A., Peltzer, E.T., Scholfield, J., Salamy, K.A., Maughan, T., O'Reilly, T.C., Lovera, C., Kirkwood, W.J., Barry, J., Brewer, P.G., (2013). xFOCE: An open source, multi-disciplinary resource for in-situ ocean acidification research. Proceedings of Marine Technology Society/Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Oceans 2013 : .
Matsumoto, G.I., Bentlage, B., Sherlock, R., Walz, K. , Robison, B.H., (2020). “Little red jellies” in Monterey Bay, California (Cnidaria: Hydrozoa: Trachymedusae: Rhopalonematidae). Frontiers in Marine Science, 6: 1-14.