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

The Govindarajan Laboratory studies 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 Biodiversity component, which aims to characterize mesopelagic diversity using genetic methods including:
    • environmental DNA (eDNA) analysis of biodiversity patterns, in combination with acoustics and other sensed information
    • zooplankton metabarcoding
    • reference barcode library construction
  • Development of AUV sampling methods including "SUPR REMUS" in coastal waters and "Mesobot" in the Twilight 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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  • If you see any clinging jellyfish, pictured above, 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.