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Three photos: scuba diver installing equipment, bathymetry map, and ROV.

About the Lab

The Ecosystem Electronics Lab (EEL) is Professor Steve Moore's research lab within the Institute for Applied Marine Ecology (IfAME) at CSUMB. Student projects in this lab focus primarily on observational field studies of benthic (bottom dwelling) marine organisms and their ecology in the 30 - 150 m depth range. This range is sometimes called the "Twilight Zone," because it's where surface sunlight fades into darkness. It is deeper than scuba divers can normally remain long enough to conduct research activities, so we use small remotely operated vehicles, time-lapse seafloor cameras, datalogging instruments, and other tools (many designed and built by students in the lab) to study these habitats and the creatures that live there. We have three main study sites: 1) areas off Cannery Row in Monterey, 2) the head of Carmel Submarine Canyon near Point Lobos State Reserve south of Carmel, and 3) remote coral reefs of atolls in Micronesia. We frequently use our research tools and expertise to assist schools, agencies, and community organizations with ecosystem monitoring, research, and education.

Specialty Areas

  • Benthic ecology of marine invertebrates (and maybe the occasional fish or two).
  • Remotely-operated underwater vehicles (ROVs)
  • Programmable camera and sensor systems for monitoring ecosystem change
  • Web-based telepresence in remote habitats
  • Wildlife, fish, and habitat surveillance

Lab director

Steven W. Moore, Ph.D. (