Gabi Laske, PhD.

Professor-in-residence in the Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics (IGPP) at Scripps Institution of Oceanography
There’s a whole lot of shakin’ going on! Gabi Laske’s research focuses on the imaging of Earth’s interior using earthquake data in a field known as seismic tomography.Her studies focus on seismic surface waves that illuminate the top 200 kilometers (124 miles) of Earth’s structure. She often collaborates with colleagues who analyze body waves to “see” deeper into Earth. Lately, she has also been going to sea to deploy seismic listening devices on the oceans. Visit Gabi Laske's Scripps Scholars Site.
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Emily Kelly

PhD Candidate - IGERT Global Change, Marine Ecosystems, and Society How can we help restore coral reefs?  That’s what Emily Kelly is trying to figure out. Emily's current work focuses on the response of reefs to overfishing and land runoff.  Emily conducts her research on the islands of Maui and Hawaii and is working with state managers to determine whether herbivorous fish and urchins, the lawnmowers of coral reefs, can help reduce the amount of seaweed on reefs and promote coral growth. Visit Emily Kelly's website.
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Greg Rouse, PhD.
Professor of Marine Biology, Curator of the Benthic Invertebrate collection at Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Did you know that there is a worm that feeds off of the bones of dead whales on the ocean floor? Greg Rouse spends a lot of time investigating the extraordinary bone-devouring worm known as Osedax. His deep-sea research interests also include the study of new hydrothermal vent animals from the eastern and western Pacific as well as methane seeps in the eastern Pacific. Visit Greg Rouse's Scripps Scholars Site.
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Kathryn Mengerink, PhD.
Lecturer at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Senior Attorney and Director of the Ocean Program at the Environmental Law Institute
Love the ocean and want to protect it? Have you ever wondered how laws and regulations are passed to keep our planet blue? Kathryn researches law and policy to support effective ocean management. Current work includes developing innovative approaches to addressing cumulative impacts to West Coast marine ecosystems; supporting Alaska Natives communities’ engagement in Arctic coastal and marine spatial planning (CMSP); and examining the legal ramifications of the federal CMSP framework. Visit Kathryn Mengerink's website.
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Alex Hangsterfer
Geological Collections Manager, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Alex Hangsterfer’s job rocks!  Alex is responsible for managing the geological collection that holds about 7,500 deep ocean cores, more than 3,500 deep sea dredges, and approximately 40,000 slides of marine microfossils in the main rock and core collections, and about 10,000 samples of rocks and fossils in the teaching collection.
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Jules Jaffe, PhD.

Research Oceanographer with the Marine Physical Laboratory at Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Technology is the wave of the future! Jules Jaffe’s research interests are broadly concerned with the use of new technology for observing oceanic phenomena and the development of inverse techniques for their interpretation. His research has focused primarily on ocean ecology. Several acoustic systems invented by Jaffe resulted in the first-ever behavioral observations of zooplankton in situ. In addition, the small-scale distribution of phytoplankton, as mapped via an autonomously deployed imaging fluorometer, has provided unprecedented views of oceanic biota.  The most recent results are the development of the first in-situ microscope for observing corals and all sorts of things living in the ocean in addition to a "swarm" of miniature floats that can change their depth and tell us about how the smallest forms of marine life are carried about by currents via tracking in 3d. A new outreach instrument, the first-ever 3d microscope for volumetric examination of millimeter and smaller organisms is meeting success with aquariums as a showcase for some of the smallest animals in the ocean. Visit Jules Jaffe's Scripps Scholars Site.
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Bruce Appelgate, PhD.

Associate Director, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Ahoy! Dr. Appelgate  directs the Scripps fleet of four research vessels, which conduct oceanographic research worldwide.  A research geologist,  Appelgate  also directs the Scripps Shipboard Technical Support unit, which provides technical expertise on all aspects of scientific instrumentation aboard  Scripps'  research vessels. Appelgate  also oversees the Nimitz Marine Facility in Point Loma, a 6.5 acre facility that serves as home-port to the Scripps fleet. Visit Bruce Appelgate's Scripps Scholars Site.
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Art Miller, PhD.
Research Oceanographer, Senior Lecturer in Climate Sciences at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Director of the Climate, Atmospheric Sciences, and Physical Oceanography CASPO Division 
Climate change is one hot topic! Art Miller is a physical oceanographer who studies oceanic influences on climate variability using a combination of computer simulation models and observational analysis. He also is increasingly involved in working with biologists to try to understand how physical oceanographic changes affect oceanic ecosystems. Visit Art Miller's Scripps Scholars Site.
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Randelle Bundy
PhD Candidate Geosciences Research Division Scripps Institution of Oceanography
We’ve all heard of iron man, now meet iron woman! 99.99% of the iron found in the oceans is bound to objects known as organic iron-binding ligands. These organic-ligand complexes range from low molecular weight compounds, to complex macromolecules. Randelle’s research is helping us to better understand the cycling and acquisition of iron in marine environments. Visit Randelle Bundy's website.
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Lihini Aluwihare, PhD.
Associate Professor, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Things are always changing in the ocean, and no one knows that better than Lihini Aluwihare. Lihini’s research involves the chemical composition of organic matter and its essential cycling in the ocean. Visit Lihini Aluwihare's Scripps Scholars Site.
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Kerry Key, PhD.
Associate Professor, Marine EM Laboratory Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, Scripps Institution of Oceanography 
You'll be drawn to this topic of study. Kerry Key’s research focuses on using electromagnetic geophysical methods for the remote detection of geologic fluids contained in the crust and mantle underneath the oceans at mid-ocean ridges, subduction zones and on the continental shelves.  Key pioneers new electromagnetic technologies for oil and gas exploration such as the marine controlled-source electromagnetic and the marine magnetotelluric methods. Visit Kerry Key's Scripps Scholars Site.
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Vince Levesque
Senior Aquarist, Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Vince Levesque wears many hats as Senior Aquarist at Birch Aquarium at Scripps. Being a chef, plumber, electrician, marine biologist and diver are just some parts of Vince’s position in taking care of numerous animals at the aquarium.
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Summer Martin
PhD. Candidate - IGERT Global Change, Marine Ecosystems and Society

Whales, and seals, and turtles… oh my! The ocean is home to many species of marine mammals, sea turtles, and seabirds whose existence is threatened by human activities. Summer Martin studies these animals, the threats they face, and the ways in which we can help them. Her current work focuses on interactions between commercial fisheries and protected species in open ocean ecosystems. Visit Summer Martin's website. 
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Peter Franks, PhD.
Professor, Integrative Oceanography Division, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

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