Home Projects Information Roadmap
Mooring build (left to right) 3 moorings being constructed in the high bay, M2 is lifted on to the R/V Point Sur for deployment, biofouling on a retrieved mooring. Gooseneck barnacles encrust the lower portion of a mooring brought in for maintenance.

General Information

Our Projects
We have collected productivity data from oceans around the world, from ships, moorings, drifters and satellites. Please refer to our Projects page for more details.

Our Operations
As we have 5 instrumented moorings (3 surface and 2 subsurface) in Monterey Bay we have worked closely with Engineering (R&D), Division of Marine Operations (DMO), and the Technical Support Division (TSD). Additionally the Division of Marine Operations helps us on our research cruises. We work in collaboration with several other institutions, Moss Landing Marine Lab, Naval Post Graduate School, among others, as well as participating in NOAA, NSF, and NASA sponsored projects. We serve as a satellite receiving station for the SeaWIFS Ocean Color satellite.

Our Group
Francisco P. Chavez,Ph.D., (cv) Upper Water Column Coordinator, heads the Biological Oceanography Group. In addition to participating in research cruises, performing lab work, and analyzing data, the following individuals also have primary responsibilities in the following areas: J. Tim Pennington runs the "Monterey Bay Time Series" and the "Studies of Ecological and Chemical Responses to Environmental Trends" (SECRET) Hydrologic survey data collection. Reiko P. Michisaki manages our data systems and is our web master . Kurt Buck and Roman Marin are responsible for the phytoplankton identification and enumeration. Gernot Friederich, Carole Sakamoto, and Peter Walz work on nutrients and ocean chemistry. Peter Strutton and Victor Kuwahara take care of our "Equatorial Pacific Mooring" program. Brad Penta and John Ryan work on our "National Oceanographic Participation Program" (NOPP). Raphael Kudela (UCSC) has responsibility for New Production, in addition he and Erich Rienecker take care of our satellite systems. Erich Reinecker is in charge of sediment traps for our subsurface moorings. X takes care of our bio-optical data and data analysis for the Equatorial and TAO moorings.

Our Data
With the exception of NOAA productivity data, MBARI's BOG data are not available on the web. Mooring data are available here.

Back to:  MBARI  Research and Development Division

If you have comments regarding the Biological Oceanography Group's web pages you are welcome to contact us through our group's webmaster, reiko at

Last updated: Aug. 19, 2014

MBARI provides data "as is", with no warranty, express or implied, of the quality or consistency. Data are provided without support and without obligation on the part of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute to assist in its use, correction, modification, or enhancement.