Dr. Annette Frese Govindarajan

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

Research Interests

I study the molecular ecology and evolution of marine invertebrates. I have a special focus on hydrozoans, but I work on a variety of taxa. I develop and apply new genomic methods to assess marine biodiversity and population structure, and robotic methods for biodiversity sampling. My current projects include:

  • Twilight zone biodiversity - I am leading WHOI's Ocean Twilight Zone effort to characterize mesopelagic diversity using genetic methods, including "Sanger" barcoding and metabarcoding of zooplankton and fish samples and environmental DNA (eDNA)
  • Development of AUV sampling methods including "SUPR REMUS" in coastal waters and "Mesobot" in the twiligiht zone zone
  • Origin, genetic structure, and ecology of the clinging jellyfish Gonionemus




Ph.D.: Biological Oceanography. MIT-WHOI Joint Program

M.S.: Biological Oceanography, University of Connecticut

B.S.: Biology, Honors Program, University of Connecticut

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  • Clinging jellyfish are blooming again! If you have a sighting, please send an email to: jellyfish@whoi.edu .



  • WHOI funded by the Audacious Project to study the ocean twilight zone! See press release here, and learn more about the project here.