STAR Header 3 Header 2 Header 4 Header 5 Header 6 Header 7

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI)


MBARI is a privately funded research organization located in Moss Landing, CA where its three research vessels and various remote and autonomous vehicles are also based. The site provides ready access to the Monterey Submarine Canyon complex for 220+ staff engaged in deep-sea research. MBARI's mission is to achieve and maintain a position as a world center for advanced research and education in ocean science and technology, and to do so through the development of better instruments, systems, and methods for scientific research in the deep waters of the ocean. MBARI emphasizes the peer relationship between engineers and scientists as a basic principle of its operation. All of the activities of MBARI are characterized by excellence, innovation, and vision. Placement opportunities depend upon the research projects underway.

Research Opportunities for STAR participants

MBARI Researchers Deploying GearMBARI projects may include remote field work which can be physically demanding, or lab-based research, marine engineering, or data analysis projects. All MBARI projects require attention to detail and appreciation for the processes involved in data collection and analysis. MBARI's current efforts span research themes including; benthic (seafloor) processes, midwater research, upper ocean biogeochemistry, ocean observatories, remotely operated vehicle enhancements, new in situ instrumentation, infrastructure support, and educational outreach. Applicants interested in working with MBARI researchers are expected to provide evidence of their research interests and experience, professional maturity, motivation, and ability to work independently in their application materials. One or two STAR Fellows placed at MBARI will also become part of MBARI's flourishing internship program and able to engage with others across a wide variety of projects.

STAR Fellows placed at MBARI may be able to take advantage of affordable student housing at CSU Monterey Bay (approx. $300/wk). Research mentors may interview interested applicants via telephone, Skype (if necessary), or in person. Applicants who wish to be considered for a placement in MBARI will be required to provide a total of THREE letters of recommendation on the application which may be personal, academic, or professional in nature (other STAR sites require one). Applicants who would like to be considered for a STAR Fellowship at MBARI should indicate their interest in one or more of the specific projects listed online (opens in a new window) in the essay portion of their application. If you have any questions about the projects please contact George Matsumoto (MBARI) or STAR. Please do not contact the mentors directly.

Past MBARI projects include


More info about MBARI:

(All images remain (C)Copyright MBARI 2015)