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Current Students

Luka, AK

Luka Catipovic

MIT/WHOI Joint Program, PhD Candidate: 2018 - present
WHOI Department: Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering
MIT Department: Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS)

Luka is a pre-candidate in the Joint Program for Chemical Oceanography. His home department at WHOI is Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry, and his home department at MIT is EAPS. Luka has dual bachelor degrees in Chemical Engineering and in Applied Mathematics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, with a minor in Chemistry. Luka's research interests are in the chemical oceanography of Arctic coastal margins and the interactions between river inputs and the coastal ocean.


Former Students


Dr. Ryan O'Shea

PhD 2020, MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography/Applied Ocean Science & Engineering

WHOI Department: Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering
MIT Department: Mechanical Engineering

Ryan completed his PhD in the Laney lab in 2020. Before coming to WHOI Ryan earned a BSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rhode Island. His research in the Joint Program involved the development of hyperspectral camera systems for use in ocean color applications. Ryan was awarded an NDSEG Fellowship in 2017. Ryan published two papers from his dissertation which was titled Computational approaches for sub-meter ocean color remote sensing. Ryan currently works as a Senior Research Scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (SSAI) on machine learning & ocean color algorithm development.


Dr. Hangzhou Wang

PhD 2015, Mechatronics, Zhejiang University

Hangzhou completed his doctoral degree research in Mechatronics as a guest student in the Laney lab in 2015. His research focused on optoelectronic instrumentation for measuring light fields in and under sea ice. His research in the Laney lab resulted in papers in Appl. Opt. and J. Atmos. Ocean. Tech. Hangzhou currently is a Lecturer at the Ocean College at Zhejiang University.


Xzayana Henderson

2021 PEP Summer fellow, Dakota State University

Xzayana is a Woods Hole (Partnership Education Program (PEP) student working on her PEP research through the Laney lab in summer 2021. She's a rising Senior and a Biology major at Dakota State University in Pierre, South Dakota. Xzayana will be focusing on digital image analyses using ImageJ of phytoplankton images collected in wintertime in the Alaskan Arctic.


Erin Larragoite

WHOI Summer Student Fellow, 2013, University of New Mexico

Erin was awarded a 2013 WHOI Summer Student Fellowship to study in the Laney lab. She examined algal imagery from under-ice environments. Her undergraduate interests were in immunology and she is currently a PhD candidate at the School of Medicine at the University of Utah, studying immunology.


Dr. Paul Lerner

WHOI Summer Student Fellow, 2012, University of California Berkeley

Paul was awarded a 2012 WHOI Summer Student Fellowship to study in the Laney lab. He worked on under-ice optial data taken from Ice-tethered Profilers. He later was accepted into the MIT/WHOI Joint Program and earned his PhD in the Joint Program in Chemical Oceanography in 2018. He then was awarded a USRA NASA postdoctoral position at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York.


We also have Linus in the lab.