Screen shot 2013-04-07 at 11.16.03 AM Dr. James W. Murray

Jim Murray is a Professor of Chemical Oceanography in the School of Oceanography at the University of Washington. Since 2008 he has helped develop the Ocean Acidification Experimental Lab at the UW Friday Harbor Laboratories. One component of this lab is the mesocosm experimental facility, which is being used this year for a unique experimental study done together with a FHL Research Apprenticeship class. His other research interests are nitrogen cycling in the Black Sea and trace metals and new production in the equatorial Pacific.

Contact Information: jmurray@uw.edu

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Robin Kodner is an Assistant Professor in the Biology department at Western Washington University as well as a senior research scientist at FHL.  Her lab is interested in phytoplankton community dynamics and their role in biogeochemistry on multiple scales – from seasonal cycles to geologic time scales.  She uses targeted environmental sequencing, metagenomics, metatranscriptomics, and comparative genomics to study these microbial eukaryote communities in the environment, and how these communities change with respect to changing environments.  Through she has worked on a number of different datasets from around the world with collaborators, her primary field studies are here in the Salish Sea.

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Dr. Robert Morris

My laboratory is located in the School of Oceanography at the University of Washington. We are interested in bacteria and archaea because they are critical to the cycling of nutrients in the oceans. We study these microorganisms in the laboratory and in the environment, combining cultivation based approaches and molecular biology to better understand their contribution to the cycling of nutreints in marine ecosystems.

 Dr. Evelyn LessardScreen shot 2013-04-07 at 11.13.59 AM

Microzooplankton ecology and physiology,  biological and ecological consequences of ocean change, harmful algal bloom dynamics and prediction, particular emphasis on coastal upwelling and subarctic ocean ecosystems


Visiting Scientists

Screen shot 2013-04-11 at 8.00.07 PMDr. Jorun Egge

Professor Jorun K. Egge from University of Bergen, Norway, is visiting UW on sabbatical. She is an experimental phytoplankton ecologist, and her research interests is primarily interaction between  microbial organism (bacteria, phytoplankton, zooplankton) and their role in the microbial food web. She has more than 25 years of experience with large scale mesocosm experiments; where of effects of biological, chemical or physical factors on the planktonic community has been investigated.

Kitack_LeeDr. Kitack Lee

– Full Professor of School of Environmental Science and Engineering, POSTECH

– Research interest : Global carbon cycle / Synoptic monitoring and prediction modeling of marine pollutants

Screen shot 2013-04-10 at 3.37.21 PMDr. Kitae Park

– Post-doc in Kitack Lee’s group

– research interest : Biogeochemical cycling of sulfur compounds in the ocean.

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Miok Kim

– Technician in Kitack Lee’s group

– She’s expert in analysis of marine carbonate system.

Bokyung Kong Screen shot 2013-04-10 at 3.37.11 PM

– Technician in Kitack Lee’s group

– She’s expert in DMS and DMSP measurement.


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Mike Foy – Technician

This is my third year working with the ocean acidification mesocosm experiment at FHL.  We’ve learned a lot over the past few years and it’s great to see how things have evolved with the changes we have made.  My involvement in the project is twofold.  First, I coordinated the setup of the experiment which entailed putting the mesocosms into place at the dock, filling the mesocosms with water (~31,500 total liters), and setting up a system to produce COsaturated filtered seawater and deliver it to the mesocosms so we can maintain pCO 2 levels at our desired treatment levels.  Second, I am working with two students on their apprenticeship projects.  Kelly is using the dilution method experiment to study both phytoplankton community growth rates and microzooplankton grazing rates.  Phil is using epiflourescent microscopy to quantify the abundance and biomass of the heterotrophic microzooplankton, organisms that graze on the phytoplankton.

When I am not working on this project at FHL, I work in Evelyn Lessard’s lab at UW.  I received my master’s degree doing benthic ecology at Florida State University and I did my undergraduate work in biology at the University of Michigan.

Contact Information: mfoy@ocean.washington.edu

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Amanda Fay – Technician/TA

I am eagerly returning for my second year as part of the mesocosm experiment at beautiful FHL.  My role in the experiment is part TA and part carbon analysis technician.    I will be taking CTD casts as well as DIC and Alkalinity samples from the mesocosms each day, ultimately monitoring the level of pCO2 in each bag as we hope to maintain a high-carbon environment.

As a research scientist with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, my interests include the study of ocean dynamics and the ocean’s role in the carbon cycle and climate change. This involves research dealing with the chemical and biological processes that lead to variability in the ocean’s uptake of carbon.

Contact information: arfay@wisc.edu

Screen shot 2013-04-07 at 11.10.43 AM Kelsey Gaessner – TA

I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Washington in 2012 with a BS in Biology, focusing on marine ecology.  As an undergraduate, I participated in several research projects involving phytoplankton distribution, growth and ecology, environmental genomics, harmful algal blooms, and silica cycling in both Seattle and The Friday Harbor Labs.  I participated in the pilot mesocosm study at the Friday Harbor Labs as an REU student in 2011 and am happy to be participating again this year as a TA for the class.  In addition to being an algae entheusiast, I am an avid SCUBA diver and shark advocate.  For this research apprenticeship, I will be assisting the students with their projects, and am also the webmaster for the course.

Contact Information: kelsey.gaessner@gmail.com

Molly Roberts – TechnicianMollyRobertsFHL2013

Molly Roberts, a research technician for Emily Carrington, will be working with Amanda Fay to measure carbonate chemistry of the mesocosms. Molly spends much of her time in the Ocean Acidification Environmental Laboratory on projects ranging from seawater carbonate chemistry timeseries measurements to laboratory experiments on mussel byssal thread strength, and oyster fecundity in CO2 enhanced conditions.

Screen shot 2013-04-07 at 11.11.51 AMBarbara Paul – Technician

Barbara originally moved to the United States from Germany, and has worked for many years for Dr. James W Murray at both the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and the UW School of Oceanography.  She has many years of laboratory experience, and will be doing all of the chemical analyses for the mesocosm experiment.


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