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John Waterbury

Dr. John B. Waterbury

Scientist Emeritus

Contact Information:
Work: 508-289-2742
Building: Watson Building 107

Mailing Address:
266 Woods Hole Road, MS #51
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Research Interests

Cyanobacteria, including species of Synechococcus, Trichodesmium, and Crocosphaera, are prominent constituents of the marine biosphere that account for a significant percentage of global primary productivity.  Additionally, in warm waters diazotrophic cyanobacteria (i.e., Trichodesmium and Crocosphaera) are vital components of the global nitrogen cycle through the production of “new” nitrogen.  By studying the physiology of these important microorganisms at the cellular and molecular levels, we will gain new insights into the factors that affect their growth in situ and greatly increase our understanding of how marine nutrient cycles impact global processes.


B.A., University of Vermont, 1965

M.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1971

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1976