February 6, 2012

MBARI video wins international award

Anyone who has visited MBARI’s YouTube channel knows that the institute has amassed a spectacular collection of deep-sea footage. But sometimes it takes more than just raw footage to convey scientific concepts to the viewer. A recent video produced by MBARI marine biologist Steve Haddock and research technician Susan von Thun does just that, providing scientific information along with beautiful images and video to show the relationships between the different types of gelatinous organisms in the ocean.

Haddock and von Thun’s video, “There’s No Such Thing as a Jellyfish,” won honorable mention in the National Science Foundation’s 2011 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge.

This contest is put on by two of the most important science organizations in the United States—the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (through its flagship journal, Science). According to the sponsors, this contest is “designed to celebrate and encourage the visual communication of science for education and journalistic purposes.” Over 200 entries were submitted for the contest, from 33 countries, on every continent except Antarctica.

You can view the winning video below.


Steven Haddock
Senior Scientist/ Marine Biologist


Susan von Thun
Senior Research Technician

For additional information or images relating to this article, please contact: Kim Fulton-Bennett
831-775-1835, kfb@mbari.org