Kyra Schlining

Kyra Schlining

Deep-sea Biologist
Dance Enthusiast

Kyra has worked in the video lab of the non-profit research center Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) since 1996. MBARI currently archives and manages a video collection of over 17,000 hours of deep-sea video footage from remotely operated vehicle research dives in Monterey Canyon, the northeastern Pacific, Hawaii, and the Gulf of California. Kyra reviews the underwater footage and describes all observed biological organisms and geologic features to help scientists access and utilize this valuable resource for ocean research. She is an expert in identifying deep-sea marine organisms, with a focus on the midwater animals such as jellies, cephalopods, fish and crustaceans. Kyra participates in several research cruises each year and recently returned from a 10-day cruise exploring the midwaters of the southern Gulf of California, Mexico. From 2007-2011 Kyra served on the Board of Directors for SpectorDance in Marina, California, and for the past two years she has collaborated with artistic director and choreographer Fran Spector Atkins on Ocean, a dance media piece designed to engage audiences of all ages on ocean issues. Part of the mission of MBARI is to develop innovative ways to educate the public about ocean science; this creative collaboration with SpectorDance merges fact and feeling to inform and inspire conservation of the ocean.

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