Volcanic events and deposits in the ocean are largely concealed from view and more difficult to sample than volcanoes on land. The submarine volcanism group studies processes that form and modify volcanoes in the sea.
Submarine canyons are considered to be a major conduit for sediment transport from the continent into the deep sea. Under the direction of Charlie Paull we have begun to study the canyon using multiple techniques used to understand these dynamic processes.
The Benthic Biology Lab looks at the habitats and lives of deep-sea organisms. The cold, dark, deep sea is relatively unexplored, so much of our research aims to discover what is there and how it lives.
Research programs at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) encompass the entire ocean, from the surface waters to the deep seafloor, and from the coastal zone to the open sea. The need to understand the ocean in all its complexity and variability drives MBARI's research and development efforts.