The Monterrey Bay Aquarium Research Institute was established in 1987 as a private oceanographic research center by David Packard, an engineer and co-founder of Hewlett-Packard Company. Located in Moss Landing, California, the institute supports advanced research and education in ocean science and technology.
Projects span the interdisciplinary fields of ocean science, including marine biology, geology, chemistry and physical oceanography. The institute also develops new oceanographic research tools and techniques, as well as technology related to ocean observatories. Two oceanographic research vessels and two remotely operated vehicles allow researchers to explore and perform experiments in the deep sea. Science, engineering and operations facilities are maintained in Moss Landing to support laboratory experiments, technology design and equipment manufacturing for ongoing research. The institute uses a wide array of computer technology to develop and support systems for collecting, transmitting and analyzing data from the marine environment, and also collaborates with researchers from other organizations to share facilities and data.
Our work with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute ranges from supporting the development of microfluidic chip technology to detect the presence and function of biological organisms in environmental settings, to funding work on phytoplankton genomics by one of the institute’s scientists.