People

Conte's research is supported by collaborative projects through the MBL and her home affiliation, the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS).

Who we are...

Maureen2013Dr. Maureen Conte (C.V.) is a Senior Scientist at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences and a MBL Fellow at The Ecosystems Center of the Marine Biological Laboratory. She is also a Visiting Scientist in the Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences at Brown University. Originally calling Georgia home, Maureen received her B.A. in Geography & Environmental Engineering from Maryland’s Johns Hopkins University, and her M.A., M.Phil and PhD in Geology from the Lamont Doherty Geological Observatory of Columbia University. Her Ph.D. research investigated the biogeochemistry of particulate lipids in warm-core Gulf Stream ring systems (Gulf Stream eddies) as part of the multidisciplinary Warm Core Rings Study. She then spent five years in the U.K. as a postdoc and Research Fellow in the Organic Geochemistry Unit of the School of Chemistry, University of Bristol. There she conducted organic geochemical research in the North Atlantic as a part of the British component of the Global Ocean Flux Study (JGOFS), the European Union Emiliania huxleyi initiative (EHUX), and several paleoclimate programs. In 1994, she came to Woods Hole to take over the helm of the Oceanic Flux Program (OFP) time-series founded by WHOI scientist Werner Deuser.

JC_2020_webJC Weber (C.V.) has been Maureen’s research assistant since 1996 and is currently based at MBL’s Ecosystems Center. Originally from western PA, he got his B.S. in Marine & Freshwater Biology from the University of New Hampshire in 1993. During that time, he had the opportunity to partake in a range of biogeochemical research working in a diversity of ecosystems from New England salt marshes to the Antarctic dry valleys. He received his M.S. in Marine Science from the University of Delaware in 1995, investigating the cues (tactile and biochemical) triggering settlement and metamorphosis in mud crab larvae.

Rut-2017Dr. Rut Pedrosa Pàmies (C.V.) joined our lab in October 2016 as a Postdoctoral Researcher and became a MBL Research Scientist in 2018. Rut received her B.A in Environmental Science in 2010 and her M.S. in Oceanography and Marine Environmental Management in 2011 from the University of Barcelona (Catalonia, Spain). Her Ph.D investigated the biogeochemistry of both settling particles and surface sediments from the Mediterranean Sea, together with the meteorological, hydrological and oceanographic settings, to understand the structure and dynamics of the deep ecosystems and to reveal the atmosphere-driven oceanographic events playing a major role in the carbon cycle.

Becky-2019Becky Hopkins joined the lab as a research assistant in June 2020, after spending the previous summer working with us as an REU student. During her time in the REU program, she studied the carbon isotopic composition of fatty acid biomarkers to assess particle cycling processes in the deep ocean. She received her B.A. in Chemistry from the College of Wooster in 2020, where she researched the photoproducts of the anticoagulant pharmaceutical warfarin in an aqueous environment.

HighSchoolStudents-2020Our group has always included high school laboratory assistants just beginning to explore their interest in science. These students from local high schools typically work with us part-time during the academic year and full-time during the summers. In 2020, Robert Grinnell (left) joined our group as an intern from Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School as part of their Cooperative Work Experience Program. Robert's participation with the OFP is funded by MBL's Blue Economy Internship Program.

Over the years, our research group has included undergraduate and graduate students working with the OFP time-series and other projects, and also early career Research Assistants (RA) who use their training with us to further their individual education and career paths. The RAs and students have greatly enhanced (both in intellect and personality!) our lab group and have made important contributions to our research.

Our Research Group through the Years:
RA: Research Assistant, PD: Post-doctoral appointment, REU: NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates program student, SURF: Univ. Chicago Jeff Metcalf Summer for Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF) student, PEP: Woods Hole Partnership in Education Program (PEP) student, HS: regional high school student

2019: JC Weber, Rut Pedrosa Pámies, Maureen Conte, Deshawn Adler (HS), Becky Hopkins (REU), Annagh Devitt (SURF), Emily DeFelippis (RA)

2018: Jack Daigneault (HS), Maureen Conte, Rut Pedrosa Pamies, JC Weber, Deshawn Adler (HS), Alana Thurston (RA), Emily DeFelippis (REU), Marianna Karagiannis (SURF), Geovanna Pereira (HS)

2017: Maureen Conte, JC Weber, Emily Maness (alumnus), Rut Pedrosa Pamies, Sofie Rudin (RA), Franklina Yeboah (PEP), Johanna Holo (SURF), Mike Callahan (HS)

2016: Leonard Shaw (SURF), Maureen Conte, JC Weber, Emily Maness (alumnus) and Mike Callahan (HS)

2015: Leonard Shaw (SURF), Maureen Conte, JC Weber, Alice Carter (RA), Ben Siranosian (alumnus) & Jessica Freedman (almunus) and Emily Maness (REU)

2014: JC Weber, Emily Maness (HS), Maureen Conte, Shaunae Alex (SURF), Ben Siranosian (alumnus), Caroline Owens (at Valiela lab)

2013: Jessica Freedman (REU), Tanner Cunningham (REU), Emily Maness (HS), Maureen Conte, James Little (HS), JC Weber

2012: Maureen Conte, Anika Aarons (REU), JC Weber, Jessica Freedman (HS) and Kenna Garrison (HS)

2011: Ben Siranosian (REU), Marius Karolinski (HS), Jessica Freedman (HS), David Koweek (RA), JC Weber and Maureen Conte

2010: Abby Toltin (alumnus), Greg Toltin (at WHOI), David Koweek (RA), JC Weber, Marius Karolinski (HS), Ben Siranosian (HS), Rachel Franzblau (REU) and Maureen Conte

2009: Greg Toltin (at WHOI), Abbey Toltin (REU), Rachel Franzblau (REU), Anna VanVoorhis (HS), Maureen Conte, Jean Fang (REU) & JC Weber

2008: Emma Pierce (HS), Greg Toltin (at WHOI), JC Weber, Jennifer Barkman (RA), Maureen Conte, Abbey Toltin (REU), Rachel Franzblau (HS) and Jean Fang (HS)

2007: Jean Fang (HS), JC Weber, Jeff Bolstridge (REU), Maureen Conte, Abbey Toltin (REU), Leah Houghton (RA) and Rachel Franzblau (HS)

2006: Suilou Huang (PD), JC Weber, Maureen Conte, Andy Gaylord (REU), Abbey Toltin (REU), Jasmine Crumsey (REU) and Rachel Franzblau (HS).

2005: Andy Gaylord (HS), JC Weber, Abbey Toltin (HS), Maureen Conte and Suilou Huang (PD).

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Woods Hole, MA 02543-1015

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CV Starr Environmental Laboratory
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Woods Hole, MA

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