Inside MBARI

This week we had a very special tour of MBARI (Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute) from Chris Grech,  who has been there since the 1980’s working with their research vessels, from the deepest submersibles on up to their largest research ships. We were joined by my husband Chuck and Riva Kahn Hallock , who I had the pleasure of working with this summer at The Sylvia Earle Foundation in San Francisco.

MBARI is located on the highway to the abyss

Perched at the nearest point on land to the abyssal Monterey Canyon, MBARI’s mission is to explore and document not only coastal California waters, but it also undertakes oceanographic missions around the world. Founded in 1987 by David Packard,  MBARI’s mission ‘is to achieve and maintain a position as a world center for advanced research and education in ocean science and technology, and to do so through the development of better instruments, systems, and methods for scientific research in the deep waters of the ocean. MBARI emphasizes the peer relationship between engineers and scientists as a basic principle of its operation. All of the activities of MBARI must be characterized by excellence, innovation, and vision.

And here we go for an inside look at what goes on at MBARI!

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2 thoughts on “Inside MBARI

  1. Thanks for this… I am always curious about how people work in MBARI. What do I need to get into their labs and other display areas and interview some people? I needed help on a little research. Appreciate your help.

    1. MBARI is a private research institution and is therefore not open to the general public. Every summer they have an open house, and special meetings for the media are held before that event. This year the open house will be on July 21st. Perhaps you would have better luck contacting the Monterrey Bay Aquarium instead. Best of luck to you!

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