Brian Schlining

Software Engineer

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

7700 Sandholdt Road

Moss Landing, CA 95039

Phone: (831) 775-1855


Brian is a Software Engineer at MBARI working in the Information Engineering group of the Research and Development division. He has a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Maryland, College Park and a master’s degree in Marine Science/Physical Oceanography from Moss Landing Marine Laboratories.

Brian has developed software systems supporting science at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, the Naval Post-graduate School and at MBARI. Employed at MBARI since 1998, he has worked on numerous projects involving video and image analysis, video annotation, numerical analysis, user-interface development, and data-management systems.

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2017 Projects

Video Annotation Data Management (500055)

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MBARI has collected over 23,000 hours of underwater video since 1984. Working alongside the research and video staff, Brian develops systems for assisting MBARI staff with managing and analyzing this video data.

Deep-Sea Guide (500055)

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MBARI provides a Deep-Sea Guide for identifying and characterizing deep-sea organisms. As the lead engineer, Brian provides support, development and updates to the Deep-Sea Guide.

Environmental Sample Processor (901205 – 708129)

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The MBARI Environmental Sample Processor—the ESP—provides on-site (in situ) collection and analysis of water samples from the subsurface ocean. Brian provides tools for analyzing images collected by the ESP.

Ecology and Dynamics of Phytoplankton (901114)

For MBARI’s Marine Microbial Ecology Group, Brian provides support for working with bioinformatics data.

Midwater Time Series (901221)

Between the surface of the sea and the ocean floor lies a vast fluid universe, Earth’s least-known environment. MBARI has sophisticated systems that have spent thousands of hours surveying and describing the deep waters of the ocean. In support of MBARI’s Midwater lab, I develop tools, technology, and analytical techniques for working with this large collection of data.

Data Technical Advisory Group (901602)

Along with other members of the information engineering group, Brian is involved with work on MBARI’s data management systems.

Video Technical Advisory Group (901603)

In an advisory role, Brian provides support for working with and integrating video into deep-learning technologies.

Pelagic-Benthic Coupling (901618)

Ken Smith’s lab at MBARI has collected long-term time-series of images from Station M and from the mobile lab known as the “Benthic Rover“. Brian provides tools and systems for analyzing these image collections.