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Carolyn Miller, Research Associate III

Post-doctoral Scholar, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2013 - 2016.
Ph.D., Boston University, Biology, 2006.
B.S., Wellesley College, Biological Sciences with Africana Studies, 1994.

Carolyn helps manage the lab's marine mammal microbiome research program, which focuses on skin, gut and blow-associated microbiomes of diverse marine mammal species.  She is also darn good at catching and co-piloting drones at sea.

Sharon Grim, Research Associate III

Postdoctoral Fellow, NASA Ames Research Center, 2020-2022.
Ph.D., University of Michigan, Earth and Environmental Science, 2019.
M.S., University of Delaware, Marine Studies, 2011.
B.A., Bryn Mawr College, Mathematics, 2007.

Sharon uses computational tools to understand the genes and biogeochemistry of microbial communities. She works with several research groups to explore intriguing aquatic environments, such as deep-sea hydrothermal vents, meromictic ponds, and shallow coral reefs.  Sharon’s other interests include running, reading, and exploring the many trails and parks on Cape Cod with her family.

Jeanne Bloomberg, MIT-WHOI Joint Program Ph.D. student

M.S. Louisiana State University, 2020
B.S. Northeastern University, 2016

Jeanne is investigating the microbial and disease ecologies of stony corals and the role of reef site in fostering the coral microbiome. Besides doing coral research, Jeanne likes to spend time hiking, baking, and playing with her dog.

Mallory Kastner, MIT-WHOI Joint Program Ph.D. student

B.S. Haverford College, Biology and Environmental Studies, 2021.

Mallory is interested in biological-chemical interactions in coral reef ecosystems. Outside of the lab, Mallory loves to run, play tennis, and experiment in the kitchen.

Austin Greene, WHOI Postdoctoral Investigator

Ph.D. University of Hawaii at Manoa, Zoology, 2022
M.S. University of Texas, Biological Sciences, RGV 2017
B.S. University of California Davis, Evolution Ecology & Biodiversity, 2014

Austin is a Postdoctoral Investigator at WHOI studying coral reefs from microbial to regional scales, with a background in disease forecasting. He is currently working with multiple labs at WHOI to enhance reef monitoring and intervention approaches. Austin also partners with organizations to develop low-cost reef monitoring instruments and loves to photograph animals on and off the reef.

Former members

Cynthia Becker, Undergraduate (SFF, SAW Student, Guest Student), MIT-WHOI Graduate Student, 2016 - 2023. Now a post-doc at University of Florida

Lei Ma, MIT-WHOI Graduate Student, 2019 - 2022. Now a Bioinformatics Scientist at Harvard

Anya Brown, Post-doc Scholar, 2020-2022. Now an Assistant Professor at UC-Davis/ Bodega Marine Lab

Laura (Weber) Gray, Guest Student, MIT-WHOI Graduate Student, Post-doc Investigator, 2013-2021. Now a member of NSF C-CoMP

Naomi Huntley, Guest Student, 2019-2021. Now a PhD student at Penn State

Kinga Santha, WHOI Summer Student Fellow, 2020. Now a graduate student at Max Planck In­sti­tute for Mar­ine Mi­cro­bi­o­logy

Solange Martin, Guest Student, 2018. Now in veterinary graduate school

Shavonna Bent, WHOI Summer Student Fellow and Guest Student, 2017-2018. Now a MIT-WHOI graduate student

Rita Rachmawati, Guest Student (pursuing Ph.D. at UCLA), 2014 - 2018. Now a scientist in Indonesia

KC Bierlich, Guest Student (pursuing M.S. at Duke), 2015 - 2017. Now a PhD student at Duke University

Cynthia Becker, a Semester at WHOI undergraduate student from Ithaca College. Fall 2016. Back in the lab!

Liping Xun, Research Assistant, 2014-2016.

Abby Keller, Guest Undergraduate Student, 2016. Now a PhD student

Matthew Neave, KAUST-WHOI post-doctoral investigator, 2012-2015.  Now a Research Scientist at CSIRO, Australia.

Luci Kelemen, High School Student, 2015

Evan Denmark, MIT UROP/WHOI Guest Undergraduate Student, 2014-2015

Catarina Brighi, WHOI Summer Student Undergraduate Fellow 2014

Lauren Goodwin, WHOI Summer Guest Undergraduate Student, 2013