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 three years teaching marine biology at Flinders University of South Australia. Together with my wife and our sons Daniel and Kevin, we have made Monterey our home.

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 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 Biology emphasis
University of California, Los Angeles (1985 – 1990)
Ph.D degree conferred Dec. 1990


Publications (2002-current)
Harbison, G. Richard, Matsumoto, George I., Robison, Bruce H., (2001). Lampocteis cruentiventer gen. nov., sp. nov.: A new mesopelagic lobate ctenophore, representing the type of a new family (Class Tentaculata, Order Lobata, Family Lampoctenidae, fam. nov.) Bulletin of Marine Science, 68, 299-311.
Matsumoto, G. I., Raskoff, K. A., Lindsay, D. J., (2003). Tiburonia granrojo n. sp., a mesopelagic scyphomedusa from the Pacific Ocean representing the type of a new subfamily (class Scyphozoa: order Semaeostomeae: family Ulmaridae: subfamily Tiburoniinae subfam. nov.) Marine Biology, 143, 73-77.
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.
Dyer, Anthony, Soole, Kathleen, Matsumoto, George I., (2001). Quantitative TaqMan PCR without a real-time thermal cycler: An assay for fish insulin-like growth factor I messenger RNA Marine Biotechnology, 3, 16-21.
Adams, L., Matsumoto, G.I., (2009). Enhancing ocean literacy using real-time data Oceanography, 22, 8-9.
Adams, L., Matsumoto, G.I., (2007). Investigating coastal processes and nitrate levels in the Elkhorn Slough using real-time data Oceanography, 20, 200-204.
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.
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 .
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.