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Biodiversity in the coastal ocean

My current projects in the coastal ocean are focused on two Large Marine Ecosystems (LMEs): the Northeast U.S. Shelf (NES) LME and the California Current LME.

Current research

Northeast U.S. Shelf (NES)

I am co-PI and Information Manager for the Northeast U.S. Shelf (NES) Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) project.

California Current

I am co-PI for a new NOAA-funded project "Harmful Algal Bloom Community Technology Accelerator" in collaboration with the Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (SCCOOS), Central and Northern California Ocean Observing System (CeNCOOS), University of California Santa Cruz, and Axiom Data Science [link to WHOI press release].


Previous research projects

beach combing photo

Searching for annelids and other fauna living in the sand, amidst cobbles at Woodneck Beach. (Photo by K. Kostel, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Intertidal invertebrates in Woods Hole

The first comprehensive survey of benthic marine invertebrates in Woods Hole was conducted in 1871. Do we find the same species today, as 150 yrs ago?

Benthos in Buzzards Bay

Zooplankton in the California Current Large Marine Ecosystem

Zooplankton near Palmer Station, Antarctica

Benthos in South San Francisco Bay


Funding Agencies

Recent coastal ocean research funding from the National Science Foundation and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)


Recent coastal research collaborators include:

Sosik lab