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Dr. Annette Frese Govindarajan

Principal Investigator

Research Interests - zooplankton diversity, ecology and evolution; mesopelagic ecology, eDNA, cnidarian systematics and phylogeography

Contact Information:
Work: 508-289-3308
Building: Redfield 104

Mailing Address:
266 Woods Hole Road, MS #33
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole, MA 02543


Academic profiles



Erin Frates

Research Assistant II

Research Interests: the ocean twilight zone, environmental DNA, deep sea microbiology, astrobiology


Sarah Stover

Research Assistant II

The Ocean Twilight Zone, eDNA, deep sea ecology and evolution, genetics and epigenetics


Pam Polloni

Research Assistant III

Curator for MBLWHOI Library Herbarium


Luke McCartin

Guest Student

PhD student at Lehigh University

Research Interests: Deep sea biology and environmental DNA


Miranda (Randy) Holland

Guest Student

Undergraduate student at Southern Connecticut State University

Research Interests: Aquaculture, biodiversity and ecology, environmental DNA


Jessica Barrow

Guest Student

Undergraduate student at Tuskegee University

Research Interests: WHOI's Ocean Twilight Zone project and drone technologies

Occasional helpers

Fred Marin, Engineering Assistant III

Evan Morrison, Research Assistant II


Lab Alumni

Dr. Elizabeth Andruszkiewicz Allan, Postdoctoral Investigator (2019-2020), Guest Investigator (2021 - present), now Chief Scientist at the eDNA Collaborative

Erin Frates, Research Assistant (full time) 2020-2021, currently a graduate student at Boston University

Katie Pell, Guest Student, 2020, currently an undergraduate at Colorado College

Rene Francolini, Research Assistant 2018-2020, currently a graduate student at the University of Maine

Sarah Stover, Guest Student, 2019, currently a research assistant in the lab