Annual Report

Our team continued to build on more than three decades of innovation and discovery.

339 combined days at sea
56 AUV missions
1,267 kilometers mapped
117 ROV dives
575 hours of ROV video
969,323 video annotations
151,507 machine learning video localizations
6.2 petabytes of soundscape data downloaded
100 floats launched (SOCCOM/GO-BGC)
87 publications
165 presentations
100 mentorships
20 news stories
33 video productions
555,724 social media followers
1 new species
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MBARI President and Chief Executive Officer reflects on the important milestones reached in 2022.

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2022 Award Recipients

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Mariana Bernardi Bif

Editor’s Choice (August 2022) for "Controls on surface distributions of dissolved organic carbon and nitrogen in the southeast Pacific Ocean," Marine Chemistry

2022 Banse Scholar Award, University of Washington


Steven Haddock

Outstanding Alumni Award, Harvey Mudd College

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Kakani Katija

H. Burr Steinbach Visiting Scholar, MIT-WHOI Joint Program

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EyeRIS Team

Paul Roberts, Joost Daniels, Eric Orenstein, Denis Klimov, Jon Erickson, Richard Henthorn, Henry Ruhl, Alana Sherman, and Kakani Katija

Winner, Photo competition, 4th Marine Imaging Workshop

Winner, 2022 #Tech4Wildlife Photo Challenge, WILDLABS Community

In Memoriam

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Chuck Baxter

Monterey Bay Aquarium Co-founder

Chuck Baxter was one of the four visionaries who first imagined our education and conservation partner, the Monterey Bay Aquarium. As a longtime marine biology lecturer at Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station, his passion for marine ecology helped shape MBARI’s research priorities, especially our studies of the Monterey Canyon.

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Steve Etchemendy

Former Director of Marine Operations

As MBARI’s inaugural Director of Marine Operations, Steve Etchemendy played a major role in shaping the institute through its rise to prominence. He worked closely with our founder, David Packard, to implement a progressive yet practical approach to marine operations. Upon his retirement in 2015, he was the longest-serving member of our Management Team.

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Natalie Fairchild

Marine Operations Administrative Assistant

Natalie Fairchild was an administrative assistant in MBARI’s Marine Operations Division for 27 years. A valued team member, she helped coordinate the complicated logistics of our ships, robotic vehicles, and staff. She was always eager to lend a hand and never failed to share a smile and a laugh with her colleagues.

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Gail Piper de Mesa

Former MBARI Employee

Gail Piper de Mesa worked at MBARI for more than a decade, first as an administrative assistant, then as the communications assistant for the Information and Technology Dissemination Division. She later joined our human resources team as the benefits specialist. Her can-do attitude and sunny disposition made an impact across the institute.

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Karl Pister

Former MBARI Board Member

As a member of our Board of Directors for 26 years, Karl Pister was a tireless champion for advancing engineering innovation at MBARI. The professor emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, and former UC Santa Cruz chancellor was also passionate about increasing access to higher education, especially for students from underrepresented backgrounds.