Annual Report

The most important frontier we have left

MBARI is advancing marine science and engineering to understand our changing ocean.

President and Chief Executive Officer Chris Scholin reflects on how MBARI's advances in science and engineering will impact Earth's final frontier.

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2019 Award Recipients

Kelly Benoit-Bird

Norma Slepecky Memorial Lecturer, Syracuse University; Blinks Memorial Lecturer, Stanford University

Knute Brekke

Distinguished Alumnus Award, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Barron County

Rachel Harbeitner Clark

Doctoral degree, University of California, Santa Cruz

Heidi Cullen

Friend of the Planet Award, National Center for Science Education

Andrea Fassbender

Early Career Scientist Leadership Award, US Climate Variability and Predictability Program

William Kirkwood

Distinguished Technical Achievement Award, IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society

John Ryan

Sea Star Research Award, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Foundation

MBARI’s Information and Technology Dissemination Division

2020 Marine Education Award for outstanding work and leadership by an organization

In Memoriam

Roman Marin III

Senior Research Technician

Roman Marin III, a 23-year employee of MBARI, helped to develop the first Environmental Sample Processors—robotic biochemistry laboratories that have provided unprecedented views of life in the ocean and in freshwater. He was essential in getting these extremely complicated devices to work reliably in a wide variety of environments—from the deep seafloor to remote streams in Yellowstone National Park and the mountains of Montana.

Walter Munk

Former MBARI Board Member

Walter Munk served on the MBARI Board of Directors from the institute’s inception in 1987 until 2003. He was a world-renowned leader in the study of the oceans during his 80-year career as a professor and researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Munk was one of MBARI Founder David Packard’s most trusted advisers when Packard was considering the establishment of an oceanographic research institute.

Frank Roberts

Former MBARI Board Member

Frank Roberts was a director emeritus on the MBARI Board of Directors. A prominent lawyer in the San Francisco Bay Area, he was MBARI Founder David Packard’s personal attorney and close friend. Roberts was a founding member of the MBARI board; his legal expertise was highly valued in board meetings, and he was a beloved and admired colleague.