Principal Investigator


Harriet Alexander

Assistant Scientist

Plankton Ecology, Biological Oceanography, Bioinformatics, Open Science

Lab Members


Arianna Krinos

Graduate Student

Plankton Ecology, Biological Oceanography, Bioinformatics, Modeling, Computational Biology, Teaching, Outreach


Jo Hickman

Graduate Student

Plankton Ecology, Marine Mycology, Biological Oceanography, Bioinformatics, Omics, Computational Biology, Science Policy, Outreach


Miah Manning

Graduate Student

Plankton Ecology, Biological Oceanography, Bioinformatics, Harmful Algal Blooms, Genomics, Outreach


Rayna Hamilton

Research Assistant III

Bioinformatics, Genomics, Computational Biology, Plankton Ecology, Biological Oceanography


Sara Shapiro

Research Assistant

Marine Biology, Biological Oceanography, Microscopy, Scientific Illustration, Genetic Analysis, Morphological Analysis, Teaching



Alese Schofield

Undergraduate Guest Student

Ecology, Marine Biology, Biological Oceanography, Microbial Interactions, Community outreach


Celeste Nobrega

Undergraduate Guest Student

Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Genomics, Ecology, Biological Oceanography


Kevin Rice

Undergraduate Guest Student

Microbial ecology, Genomics, Biological Oceanography, Bioinformatics, Modeling, Academic Outreach/Teaching


Laura Blum

Undergraduate Researcher

Microbial Ecology, Bioinformatics, Biological Oceanography, Molecular Genetics, Origin of life, Science Education


Margaret Mars Brisbin


Microbial interactions, Symbiosis, Plankton Ecology, Biological Oceanography, Bioinformatics

Recent Publications

Diverse communities of microbial eukaryotes in the global ocean provide a variety of essential ecosystem services, from primary …

In this article, we present Bio-GO-SHIP, a new ocean observing program that will incorporate sustained and consistent global biological …

Microeukaryotes (protists) serve fundamental roles in the marine environment as contributors to biogeochemical nutrient cycling and …

Phaeocystis is a cosmopolitan, bloom-forming phytoplankton genus that contributes significantly to global carbon and sulfur cycles. …

The production and consumption of organic matter by marine organisms plays a central role in the marine carbon cycle. Labile organic …

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