Kyra Schlining

Senior Research Technician

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

7700 Sandholdt Road

Moss Landing, CA 95039

Phone: (831) 775-1784

Fax: (831) 775-1620


The MBARI video lab is responsible for annotating all video recorded during the scientific missions of the ROVs Ventana,Tiburon, and Doc Ricketts. We currently have over 24,000 hours of underwater video footage from Monterey Canyon, Hawaii, the Pacific Northwest, and the Gulf of California. We identify and describe the organisms and geological features so MBARI scientists and their collaborators can access and utilize this valuable information for research publications. My focus is on the midwater organisms such as jellies, cephalopods, fish, and crustaceans.

Our custom-designed Video Annotation and Reference System (VARS) facilitates annotations and enables searching of our enormous deep-sea database of over 5 million observations. These data and images are available to the public through our VARS Public Query web application and the MBARI Deep-Sea Guide.

We also edit the video footage for MBARI scientists to present at conferences and seminars and for our sister institution, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, as well as produce short videos featuring our scientific research for MBARI’s YouTube channel. Several times a year I am invited to participate on seagoing research expeditions where I appreciate seeing amazing deep-sea animals in real life, not just on a screen!

Selected Publications

  • Haddock, S.H.D., L.M. Christianson, W.R. Francis, S. Martini, C.W. Dunn, P.R. Pugh, C.E. Mills, K.J. Osborn, B.A. Seibel, C.A. Choy, C.E. Schnitzler, G.I. Matsumoto, M. Messié, D.T. Schultz, J.R. Winnikoff, M.L. Powers, R. Gasca, W.E. Browne, S. Johnson, K.L. Schlining, S. von Thun, B.E. Erwin, J.F. Ryan, and E.V. Thuesen (2017). Insights into the biodiversity, behavior, and bioluminescence of deep-sea organisms using molecular and maritime technology. Oceanography, 30: 38-47.
  • Schlining, K., S. von Thun, L. Kuhnz, B. Schlining, L. Lundsten, N.J. Stout, L. Chaney, and J. Connor (2013). Debris in the deep: Using a 22-year video annotation database to survey marine litter in Monterey Canyon, Central California, USA. Deep Sea Research I, 79: 96-105. 
  • Lundsten, L., K.L. Schlining, K. Frasier, S.B. Johnson, L. Kuhnz, J. Harvey, G. Clague, and R.C. Vrijenhoek (2010). Time-series analysis of six whale-fall communities in Monterey Canyon, California, USA. Deep-Sea Research Part I, 57: 1573-1584.
  • Lundsten, L., C.K. Paull, K.L. Schlining, M. McGann, and W. Ussler III (2010). Biological characterization of a whalefall near Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Deep-Sea Research Part I, 57: 918-922.
  • Stein, D.L., J.C. Drazen, K. Schlining, J. Barry, and L. Kuhnz (2006). Snailfishes of the central California coast: Video, photographic and morphological observations. Journal of Fish Biology, 69: 970-986.
  • Schlining, K.L., and J.D. Spratt. 1999. Assessment of the Carmel Bay spot prawn, Pandalus platyceros, resource and trap fishery adjacent to an ecological reserve in central California. In The Biodiversity Crisis and Crustacea: Proceedings of the Fourth International Crustacean Congress, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, July 20–24, 1998.
  • Schlining, K.L. 1999. The spot prawn (Pandalus platyceros Brandt 1851) resource in Carmel Submarine Canyon, California: Aspects of fisheries and habitat associations. M.S. Thesis, California State University, Stanislaus.