As the ocean faces a growing number of threats, science communication, education, and outreach are more important than ever. MBARI’s SciComm (science communication) Team creates and shares content about MBARI’s research and technology to connect people to the ocean by inspiring curiosity and love for the ocean. By sharing stories about our ocean exploration on our website, social media platforms, and with the media, our content reaches diverse audiences across the United States and around the world. 

Our team is responsible for all of MBARI’s outreach efforts, handling a wide variety of tasks that go far beyond a traditional press office. We handle owned media (e.g., website, social media, newsletter, annual reports), earned media (e.g., press releases, media relations), and education efforts (e.g., internships, fellowships), and community events. We aim to make MBARI’s work more broadly accessible on a local, national, and international level, and create a culture of inclusive science communication in our communities. 

Our team includes members of the Video Lab, a talented group of deep-sea biologists who use VARS—a searchable video database that is a cornerstone of our outreach—to expertly annotate all the video that comes in from MBARI’s remotely operated vehicles. Together, we curate the best clips from MBARI’s more than 28,000 hours of deep-sea video so we can introduce the world to the amazing animals of the deep.

The SciComm Team also works closely with the Monterey Bay Aquarium, our conservation and education partner. We help them fulfill their mission of inspiring ocean conservation by sharing MBARI’s work which is showcased in exhibitions and programs on site and with their virtual audiences online.

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Meet some of our favorite denizens of the deep and learn about their adaptations to survive in an environment of frigid cold, inky darkness, and crushing pressure in our Animals of the Deep gallery. Watch the YouTube playlist

Our team has created a variety of content and educational resources to support students interested in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) careers.

Dive into topics about ocean health and learn how MBARI is advancing science and technology to study a changing ocean—from atoms to ecosystems.

This two-year science communication fellowship provides a unique opportunity to report on advances in ocean science, technology, and conservation and gain real-world experience while working collaboratively with MBARI scientists, engineers, and science communicators. The fellowship is designed to provide broad exposure to the research, education, and outreach efforts at MBARI and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The fellow is part of MBARI’s SciComm Team and will also collaborate closely with Monterey Bay Aquarium’s video and content teams.



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Maibach, E., H. Cullen, B. Placky, J. Witte, and J. Gandy. 2022. Improving public understanding of climate change by supporting weathercasters. Nature Climate Change, 12: 694–695.

Fauville, G., S. Dupont, S. von Thun, and J. Lundin. 2014. Can Facebook be used to increase scientific literacy? A case study of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute Facebook page and ocean literacy. Computers & Education, 82: 60–73.


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