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Meet the team

Scientific and Engineering Staff

 

<strong>Amy Apprill</strong><br />
Co-Principal Investigator<br />
Marine Chemistry &amp; Geochemistry

Amy Apprill

Co-Principal Investigator
Marine Microbiologist

Amy Apprill is a microbial ecologist who is interested in the role of microorganisms in degrading plastics in the ocean.

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<strong>Carol Anne Clayson</strong><br />
Co-Principal Investigator<br />
Physical Oceanography

Carol Anne Clayson

Co-Principal Investigator
Physical Oceanographer

Carol Anne Clayson is an air-sea interaction specialist interested in the effects of weather and climate on upper ocean mixing and resulting distributions of microplastics in the upper ocean. 

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<strong>Scott M. Gallager</strong><br />
Principal Investigator<br />
Biology

Scott M. Gallager

Principal Investigator
Biological Oceanographer

Scott Gallager is a plankton ecologist interested in biophysical mechanisms controlling population and community structure in the ocean. Physical processes such as upwelling and downwelling, Langmier cells and tidal fronts provide mechanisms for aggregation    

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<strong>Jake Gebbie</strong><br />Co-Principal Investigator<br />
Physical Oceanographer

Jake Gebbie

Co-Principal Investigator
Physical Oceanographer

Jake Gebbie is a physical oceanographer interested in climate dynamics and the transport of microplastics in the ocean. His interest is to determine the fate of microplastics in the open ocean, especially the subsurface, and also to determine whether microplastics can be used to better understand the physical movement of seawater. 

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<strong>Mark Hahn</strong><br />
Co-Principal Investigator<br />
Biology

Mark Hahn

Co-Principal Investigator
Toxicologist

Mark Hahn is a toxicologist whose research seeks to understand the molecular mechanisms by which microplastics and nanoplastics impact the health of marine organisms and humans. The Hahn lab uses a variety of model systems, including zebrafish and Atlantic killifish.

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Hauke Kiet-Powell

Hauke Kite-Powell

Co-Principal Investigator
Marine Policy

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<strong>Anna Michel</strong><br />
Co-Principal Investigator<br />
AOP&amp;E

Anna Michel

Co-Principal Investigator
Chemical Sensors Lab

Anna Michel is an oceanographic engineer whose research focuses on developing and advancing technologies for detecting and identifying microplastics in aqueous environments. 

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<strong>Christopher M. Reddy</strong><br />Co-Principal Investigator<br />
Marine Chemistry &amp; Geochemistry

Christopher M. Reddy

Co-Principal Investigator
Chemical Oceanographer

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<strong>Collin Ward</strong><br />
Co-Principal Investigator<br />
Marine Chemistry &amp; Geochemistry

Collin Ward

Co-Principal Investigator
Photochemist

Collin Ward is an environmental chemist interested in how plastics break down in the environment, what they are transformed into, and the timescales that these processes occur.

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Students, Research Assistants, and Postdocs

Jordan Pitt

Jordan Pitt is a Ph.D. student in Mark Hahn’s and Neel Aluru’s labs working to understand microplastic and nanoplastic accumulation and impacts in marine organisms. 

Particles on the Move from Oceanus magazine

Maternal transfer of nanoplastics to offspring in zebrafish (Danio rerio): A case study with nanopolystyrene

Uptake, tissue distribution, and toxicity of polystyrene nanoparticles in developing zebrafish (Danio rerio)

Anna Walsh

Anna Walsh is a Joint Program student in Collin Ward’s and Chris Reddy’s labs studying the environmental degradation of consumer plastics by sunlight, with a focus on plastic lifetimes, degradation products, and the effects of additives.

Taylor Nelson

Taylor Nelson is a postdoc in Collin Ward’s and Chris Reddy’s labs investigating the influences and interplay of sunlight and biofilm formations on the degradation products and lifetimes of consumer plastics in marine waters.

 

Communications and Development

Ken Kostel

Ken Kostel has been a science writer and multimedia producer for nearly 20 years and has worked at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution for the past decade. In 2003, he graduated from the Earth & Environmental Science Journalism program at Columbia University. Since then, he has focused on helping scientists tell their stories and given people a behind-the-scenes look at science and exploration in words, images, and video in print, online, and on social media.

Evan Lubofsky

Alison Kline

Alison Kline is the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at WHOI and works with funders from the private sector interested in having an impact on the field of microplastics research. https://giving.whoi.edu/foundation-giving/

Jim Flynn