Biogeochemistry and Nutrients; Chemical Tracers; DOM and Trace Metals; Microbiology and Molecular Biology
Current role in the field of ocean sciences: Post-doc
Area(s) of expertise within ocean sciences: I am broadly interested in how microbial community structure and competition for limited resources regulate carbon cycling in the ocean. My current research is focused on identifying specific genes and metabolic pathways used by marine bacteria to consume dissolved organic carbon (DOC). I am also investigating the chemical properties of DOC that facilitate or inhibit microbial degradation. Because the ocean’s reservoir of DOC contains as much carbon as the the global inventory of atmospheric carbon dioxide, studying the mechanisms of DOC turnover is critically important to enhancing our understanding of how these processes may be affected by global climate change. My research in microbial oceanography employs a combination of techniques including field observations and experiments, laboratory-based model systems, genomics and transcriptomics, and analytical marine chemistry.
Interest in becoming a mentor: I am happy to share my experience and insight (and opinions) with students to help them understand a few of the primary determinants of becoming a successful ocean scientist. I have experience as a researcher at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), a graduate student at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and I am now a post doc at the University of Hawaii School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) and the Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE). All three of these prestigious institutions suffer from a dearth of diversity, and in general, lack a genuine commitment to increasing diversity at all levels of academia. I hope that by mentoring students, I may be able to help students navigate the system a little better.
Languages spoken, in addition to English: N/A
Highest Degree Earned: Doctorate
Career Stage: Early