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Dr. Annette Frese Govindarajan (she/her)

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



Dr. Nina Yang

Postdoctoral Investigator

Research interests: biological oceanography, biogeochemical cycling, biodiversity, environmental ‘omics, climate change, and ocean policy


Sarah Stover

Research Assistant II

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


John Selby

Research Assistant I (casual)

Research interests: Environmental DNA, Ocean Twilight Zone, Evolution, Epigenetics, Phytoplankton and Algal Blooms



Pam Polloni

Research Assistant III (casual)

Curator for MBL-WHOI Library Herbarium


Erin Frates

Research Assistant II (casual)

PhD student at Boston University

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


Luke McCartin

Guest Student (Graduate)

PhD student at Lehigh University

Research Interests: Deep sea biology and environmental DNA

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Helena McMonagle (she/her)

Guest Student (Graduate)

PhD student at the University of Washington

Research Interests: Fish ecology, ecological modeling, biogeochemistry, science communication


Miranda (Randy) Holland

Guest Student (Graduate)

M.S. student at Southern Connecticut State University

Research Interests: Aquaculture, biodiversity and ecology, environmental DNA


Kimberly Henderson

Guest Student (Undergraduate)

Tuskegee University

Research Interests: The Ocean Twilight Zone and Genetics


Kaiah Callahan

Guest Student (Undergraduate)

Occidental College

Research Interests: ocean biodiversity, marine biogeochemistry, microbial ecology, genomics, climate change

Engineering team members

Ben Weiss, Engineer II

Kaitlyn Tradd, Research Engineer

Fred Marin, Engineering Assistant III



Lab Alumni

Jessica Barrow, Guest Student, 2022, currently an undergraduate student at Tuskegee University

Evan Morrison, Research Assistant II, 2022

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