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Allison Lee (graduate student)

Allison Lee is a graduate student in the Biological Oceanography PhD program at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. She has extensive experience in the lab and at sea.

Her first expedition to Antarctica occurred in 2013 where she lived aboard the U.S. Antarctic Programs’ icebreaker Nathaniel B. Palmer for 53-days tracing the fate of algal carbon export in the Ross Sea. Her second expedition to Antarctica occurred in 2017 as a Guest Scientist aboard the Hebridean Sky for a 29-day expedition along the Antarctic Peninsula with ANTARCTICA XXI.

Allison received her M.A.S. (2017) in Marine Biodiversity & Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and her B.S. (2006) in Biology with a minor in Earth and Space Sciences from the University of Washington. Link to Allison’s CV.

Fun Fact: Allison ran a marathon on the Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica, dressed as a banana, the same day she boarded the Palmer icebreaker for a two-month expedition at sea.

Scripps Institution of Oceanography

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Dr. Maria Vernet
Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive,
La Jolla, CA 92093-0218


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Scripps Institution of Oceanography is one of the oldest, largest, and foremost oceanographic institutions in the world. Founded in 1903, Scripps has provided education and public service to the world encompassing physical, chemical, biological, geological, and geophysical studies of the oceans, Earth, and planets.

Dr. Maria Vernet (Principal Investigator)

Dr. Maria Vernet is a Senior Research Biologist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Dr. Vernet has conducted research in international settings since 1987 when she first traveled to the Arctic and in 1988 to Antarctica. She participated in one of the first research teams to study the effect of ultraviolet radiation on marine phytoplankton after the discovery of the Antarctic ozone hole in 1985. She has also participated in research studying free-floating icebergs and the ecosystems of the Larsen B Ice Shelf.

Her field expeditions have taken her into the Atlantic, Pacific, Arctic and Southern Oceans with a variety of internationally assembled research teams.

Maria received her Ph.D. (1983) and M.S. (1981) in Biological Oceanography from the University of Washington and her B.S. (1975) in Biological Sciences from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Link to Maria’s CV and the Vernet Lab website.

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This project is supported in part by the National Science Foundation Public Participation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) STEM Research (PPSR) extension to NSF award # PLR-1443705.

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