People

Expedition 4

Robert “Bob” Vrijenhoek

Bob Vrijenhoek.

Works at: Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), California

Research in the South Pacific: Gene flow and evolutionary relationships of the the unusual organisms endemic to deep-sea hydrothermal vents.

Bio snippet: Among Bob's many study animals are mouthless and gutless worms which live in the bone marrow of whale carcasses, and fresh-water fish which can reproduce asexually to form clones. In the picture above, he is holding a crab from a species named in his honor, Bythograea vrijenhoeki.