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Photos from MBARI's 2011 Open House

On June 25, 2011, MBARI hosted its annual open house, providing the public with a once-a-year opportunity to visit the MBARI campus and talk with scientists, engineers, and marine operations crews about their work. These photos show some of the displays and activities that captivated kids and adults alike.

If you missed this year's Open House, keep an eye on our Open House web page for details on next year's event. You can also request to be notified by email by sending an email to

Josi Taylor and sea urchin
Postdoctoral fellow Josi Taylor shows a visitor a sea urchin used in experiments on ocean acidification. Photo: Mariah Salisbury


Scott Jensen and Environmental Sample Processor
Electrical engineer Scott Jensen talks about the Environmental Sample Processor, a robotic DNA laboratory. Photo: Kim Fulton-Bennett


Erich and ROV manipulator
Marine operations technician Erich Rienecker demonstrates the strength and agility of the robotic arm on the remotely operated vehicle Ventana. Photo: Keith Maynard

  Ray Thompson in machine shop
Machinist Ray Thompson answers questions about MBARI's machine shop. Photo: Keith Maynard


Kids and algae sinking experiment
At one booth, visitors assembled their own marine algae and put them in water to see if they would sink or float. Photo: Keith Maynard


Kids and microscope
Postdoctoral fellow Ryan Portner gives kids a new perspective on geology as they look at sand grains under a microscope. Photo: Keith Maynard


Kim Fulton-Bennett and Monterey Bay geologic map
Communications associate Kim Fulton-Bennett describes how the Monterey Bay coastline has changed over the last few hundred thousand years. . Photo: Keith Maynard


Girl with ROV
A young girl tests out a remotely operated vehicle she built herself. Photo: Keith Maynard


Jim Barry and poster
Benthic Ecologist Jim Barry describes his research to understand how a more acidic ocean may affect animals that live on the deep seafloor. Photo: Todd Walsh


Kids and giant inflatable squid
This giant inflatable squid is always a favorite with kids at the open house. Photo: Keith Maynard


Kids receiving shrunken styrofoam cups
ROV pilot Randy Prickett hands out styrofoam cups that were carried down into the deep sea and compressed by the immense water pressure. Photo: Keith Maynard


Long-range AUV
Instrumentation technician Thomas Hoover explains the form and function of MBARI's long-range autonomous underwater vehicle (LRAUV). Photo: Kim Fulton-Bennett


Alana Sherman and accelerometer
Electrical engineer Alana Sherman shows a visitor an instrument designed by MBARI engineers to measure the movement of sand within Monterey Canyon. Photo: Keith Maynard


Ocean acidification demonstration
Platforms Group leader Kent Headley (right) and summer intern Liz Coward (middle) demonstrate how adding carbon dioxide to seawater can make the water more acidic. Photo: Keith Maynard


Midwater respirometer
Senior Research Technician Kim Reisenbichler explains how this complicated instrument can measure the amount of oxygen consumed by jellies and other midwater animals. Photo: Todd Walsh


Jellywatch booth
Marine biologist Steve Haddock (right) and summer intern Kristian McConville (left) demonstrate the Jellywatch web site, which allows people from all over the world to report and track blooms or jellies and other marine phenomena. Photo: Mariah Salisbury


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