The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) is a nonprofit research institution where
scientists and engineers work together to explore and study the sea. MBARI's laboratories
and docks are located in Moss Landing, California, at the head of the Monterey Submarine
Canyon. This lets MBARI researchers study the deep ocean without having to travel far from
Some MBARI scientists study deep-sea animals, ocean chemistry and seafloor geology.
Others study ocean currents and their effects on microscopic marine life, fisheries
and global climate. MBARI engineers design undersea robots and high-tech instruments
that give researchers new ways of looking at the ocean.
Although they are separate organizations, the Monterey Bay Aquarium and MBARI
were both set up through the generosity of the Packard family. MBARI's
research provides material for the aquarium's programs, exhibits, and
educational programs. The aquarium's exhibits, in turn, help MBARI share
its research with the general public.
Cool facts about MBARI
In a typical year, MBARI researchers see over a dozen deep-sea animals that are new to science.
MBARI marine biologists have shown that jellies are some of the most numerous and important animals in the deep sea.
MBARI engineers have designed and built robots that can swim through the water, crawl along the seafloor, and run DNA tests in the middle of the ocean.
MBARI's remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Ventana has made more dives than any other scientific ROV in the world.
MBARI's remotely operated vehicle Tiburon can dive almost two and a half miles below the ocean surface.
MBARI researchers can study Monterey Bay without ever leaving their offices, thanks to MBARI's four monitoring buoys, which continuously send data back to shore via satellite.