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Point Lobos will remain closed for Monday, January 23. Melissa

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Submarine Canyons and Avalanches

Our February speaker, Charlie Paull, has monitored and documented an avalanche in the Monterey Bay submarine canyon last year, and will informed us of the MBARI research taking place on this subject.  Charlie Paull is a marine geologist who has been a Senior Scientist at MBARI since moving here from the geology department of UNC-Chapel Hill in 1999.

Since coming to MBARI he has also been involved with a series of projects focused on tracking the on-going movement of sediment through Monterey and other submarine canyons along the California coast. These efforts have been greatly aided by MBARI’s state of the art technologies, which include ROV’s to access and sample within submarine canyons, engineering efforts to develop and deploy monitoring systems within Monterey Canyon, and a mapping Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) that provides 1m bathymetric grids and is capable of operating within these canyons.  [MBARI AUV Article]

Another related research theme involves investigations of sea floor seepage sites. This includes establishing the sources and the fluxes of fluids that pass through continental margins, understanding the deposits associated with chemosynthetic biologic communities, determining the processes that occur at the methane-sulfate boundary, and documenting the unique topography associated with seafloor fluid venting sites. In the last decade he has conducted field programs associated with seafloor venting sites in the Gulf of Mexico, Gulf of California, offshore Norway, Canadian Arctic Shelf and ten sites off the west coast of North America.

The refresher, by Fred Brown, will be a demo of the MINT Van iPad that contains the new Discover Point Lobos app and how to inspire visitors to continue and expand their Point Lobos experiences at home. 

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Mission Statements


To provide for the health, inspiration and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state’s extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation.

Docent volunteers serve as a visible representative of California State Parks at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve promoting the California State Parks mission.  These four simple words -- preserve, protect, educate and interpret -- sum up the docent experience. 


Our mission is to protect and nurture Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, to educate and inspire visitors to preserve its unique natural and cultural resources, and to strengthen the network of Carmel Area State Parks.

Docent Log-in

Docent led walks

  • Mon, 01/23/2017 - 11:30am
    Information Station
    Robert Andonian
  • Tue, 01/24/2017 - 11:30am
    Information Station
    Gregg Margossian
  • Tue, 01/24/2017 - 1:30pm
    Information Station
    Tama Olver


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School Walks

To schedule a school field trip please contact Melissa Gobell, School Coordinator at:  (831) 625-1470

Interested in Volunteering?

Volunteers needed to be interpretive guides for visitors.  Interested?  For training schedule contact:  Melissa Gobell, Docent Coordinator  (831) 625-1470