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Dr. Sam Laney

Associate Scientist with Tenure
Biology Department

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Contact Information:
Work: 508-289-3647
slaney@whoi.edu

Mailing Address:
Redfield Laboratory 1-38
266 Woods Hole Road, MS #34
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Research Interests

I'm an oceanographer and engineer with broad interests in phytoplankton ecology, especially how phytoplankton interact with the oceanic light environment. Phytoplankton aren’t the simple ‘wandering plants’ that their name implies; they're complex photosynthetic microbes well adapted for harvesting sunlight from the ocean’s continually varying light field. Gaining insight into this complexity can help us understand how these key marine microbes contribute to core ocean ecosystem processes such as primary production.

My research is strongly interdisciplinary and novel instrumentation & observational approaches play an important role in my laboratory and field studies. I'm especially drawn to ice-covered polar regions where little is known about the distributions and ecology of algae in and under sea ice. A main theme in my research is the development of new observational approaches to help us overcome historical roadblocks that keep us from better understanding polar ocean ecosystems.

Education

Oregon State UniversityCollege of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences.  Corvallis, Oregon.  Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography (major) and Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (minor).  2006.

Oregon State UniversityCollege of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences.  Corvallis, Oregon.  M.S. in Biological Oceanography (major) and Physical Oceanography (minor).  2000.

Cornell UniversityCollege of Agriculture & Life Sciences and College of Engineering, Joint Program B.S. in Agricultural & Biological Engineering (now Biological and Environmental Engineering). Ithaca, New York.  1992.

Deep Springs College, Deep Springs, California. Program of Study. 1989.

Appointments

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Biology Department.  Woods Hole, Massachusetts.
Associate Scientist with Tenure (2017-present)
Associate Scientist (2013-2017)
Assistant Scientist (2009-2013)
Postdoctoral Investigator (2008-2009)
Postdoctoral Scholar, WHOI Ocean Life Institute (2006-2008).

Deep Springs College, Deep Springs, California.
Visiting Professor (2011): Single Variable Calculus, Multivariable Calculus.
Visiting Professor (2007): Single Variable Calculus, Multivariable Calculus, Numerical Methods & Computer Modeling.

US Department of Energy, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, New York.
Research & Design Engineer (1992-1994): Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences Division.