Steering Committee:


Ellie Bors, MIT/WHOI:


Ellie Bors earned her PhD at the Joint Program in Oceanography between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Her research focuses on the impacts of rapid range expansion on populations at the genomic level. She is interested in climate-driven distributional shifts as well as invasive species. Ellie also has a passion deep-sea biology. She grew up in Seattle, Washington, by the mountains and the sea and owes her passion for nature to the stunning environment in the Pacific Northwest. You can learn more about her work and interests on her personal website.


Annie Bourbonnais, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth:

Annie2Annie is currently a research assistant professor at the School for Marine Science and Technology, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Her research is focused on the biogeochemical oceanographic processes that affect climate, particularly nitrogen (N), an essential nutrient for all organisms limiting marine primary productivity in most of the ocean. Her recent projects have utilized stable isotopes of particulate and dissolved N species, dissolved gases and sedimented materials to address questions related to marine N cycling. She participated to 7 major oceanographic expeditions, e.g. in the Northeast Atlantic, the Northeast Pacific (studying hydrothermal vents) and the Eastern Tropical North and South Pacific. She is glad to be involved with SMWS and wish helping other early career female scientists.


Sophie Chu, JISAO:

Sophie_Chu_smallSophie recently completed her PhD from the MIT/WHOI Joint Program. She is currently a JISAO postdoc working at NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory evaluating new ocean carbon sensors. She is interested in issues studying how human activities affect the environment such as ocean acidification. Recently, she has become more engaged in activities involving the discussion of gender issues and challenges women face in the worlds of academia and science. She believes SWMS will provide a great platform to encourage support and networking for women in marine science.


Femke de Jong, Duke/NIOZ:

femkeFemke de Jong is a sea-going physical oceanographer interested in processes in the North Atlantic Ocean important for the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation. She obtained her masters and PhD in the Netherlands after which she crossed the Atlantic to study it from a different angle as a postdoc at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. She has now moved south, closer to Cape Hatteras, and is a research scientist at Duke University. With her physics background she is familiar with being one of few women either on board or in the department. With SWMS she would like to provide more resources for future women marine sciences. Twitter: @fmkdejong.


Chrissy Hernandez, MIT/WHOI:


Chrissy Hernandez is a graduate student in the MIT/WHOI Joint Program studying fisheries oceanography and larval fish ecology. Coming from a background in environmental engineering, she has a strong interest in resource management and environmental policy. Her graduate work, with Dr. Joel Llopiz at WHOI, focuses on early life stages and population dynamics of commercially-harvested species. Chrissy hopes to work at the intersection of science and public policy; she believes that innovative approaches to longstanding questions will be critically important in a changing ocean, and this in turn depends on a diverse workforce in STEM and public policy.


Hilary Palevsky, WHOI:

Hilary_CTDHilary is chemical oceanographer studying how the ocean absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and the role of phytoplankton in the marine carbon cycle. She completed her PhD at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she spent many weeks at sea in the North Pacific on commercial container ships and research vessels. She is now a postdoctoral scholar at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, where she uses autonomous biogeochemical sensors and numerical model simulations to study the ocean without getting wet. She is strongly committed to creating a more equitable and inclusive scientific community, and to fostering the talents of scientists of all genders and personal backgrounds in our labs, classrooms, and in the field. You can read more about her work on her personal website.


 Gabi Serrato Marks, MIT/WHOI:


Gabi is PhD student in the MIT/WHOI Joint Program. She got her B.A. in Earth and Oceanographic Science from Bowdoin College. She is based at MIT, where she works with David McGee on stalagmites from the Yucatan Peninsula. Her research focuses on paleoclimate and precipitation records. She in interested in science communication and public outreach, as well as issues of diversity and inclusion in STEM. Twitter: @gserratomarks.



Previous members

Alexis Yelton, MIT:

As a postdoctoral fellow in the Penny Chisholm lab, Alexis studies the degradation of organic compounds in ocean ecosystems using metagenomic, transcriptomic, and physiological methods. Currently she is working on a global metagenomics dataset of nutrient uptake transporter genes to determine the extent of mixotrophy, operationally defined as the uptake of organic compounds by photoautotrophs. She is also investigating the ability of Prochlorococcus, the most abundant phototroph in the oceans, to break down chitin, a large organic polymer as well as its ability to take up and metabolize amino acids. As a female researcher interested in promoting both science and equality, she is actively seeking out ways to improve the status of women and minorities in the scientific field.


Bethanie Rachele Edwards, MIT/WHOI:


Bethanie is interested in understanding how chemical signals produced by marine microbes may impact ocean biogeochemistry. She has primarily focused on determining how bacteria associated with sinking particles respond to polyunsaturated aldehydes (PUAs) that diatoms produce under stress. This is an intriguing question because PUAs are produced during bloom decline and have the potential to stimulate or inhibit particle associated bacteria as the diatom-derived organic matter is being exported, which could alter carbon export efficiency and nutrient retention in the upper ocean.


Julia Gauglitz, WHOI:

juliaJulia Gauglitz is a postdoctoral scholar at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Her research focuses on how microorganisms respond to trace metal limitation in the oceans. She is currently using environmental proteomics to understand the molecular mechanisms of iron uptake and the physiological responses to both long term and short term changes in iron availability. Her work ties changes in protein expression in laboratory and field incubations to iron uptake, utilization and coping strategies, with an overarching goal of better understand the interplay between metal bioavailability, organometallic proteins and biogeochemical cycles. She has a strong commitment for increasing diversity and the retention of women faculty in marine science.


Katya Frois-Moniz (no additional info)