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

Who we are...

Maureen2013Dr. Maureen Conte (C.V.) is an associate scientist at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences and an adjunct scientist at The Ecosystems Center at the Marine Biological Laboratory. She is also an adjunct professor in Brown University’s Department of Geological Sciences. Originally calling Georgia home, Maureen received her B.A. in Geography & Environmental Engineering from Maryland’s John Hopkins University. Her Ph.D. thesis investigated the biogeochemistry of particulate lipids in warm-core gulf stream ring systems and was awarded by Columbia University. She spent five years working in the North Atlantic as a postdoc and research fellow at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom before coming to Woods Hole, taking the helm of the Oceanic Flux Program time-series in 1994.

Jweber1JC Weber (C.V.) has been Maureen’s research associate 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 joined our lab in October 2016 as a Postdoctoral Researcher. 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.

Alana-2018Alana Thurston joined the lab in February 2018 as a Research Assistant. Thurston received her B.S. in Chemistry in 2016 from Haverford College, where she studied the degradation of crude oil from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill by marine fungi. She has previously studied ecotypes of arctic cottongrass at the Toolik Lake Field Station and the persistence of PCBs in the Housatonic River at the Patrick Center for Environmental Research.

HighSchoolStudents-2018Our group has always included high school laboratory assistants just beginning to explore their interest in science. These students from local high schools work with us part-time during the academic year and full-time during the summers. Our current group all originate from Mashpee High School and include Jack Daigneault, Geovanna Pereira, and Deshawn Adler (pictured above).

Over the years, our research group has been greatly enhanced (both with intellect and personality!) by the addition of students and individuals comprised of our high school lab assistants, undergraduates building upon their base of scientific knowledge and contributing to our research endeavors with independent projects as part of the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, and with post-graduate students who have enhanced our group contributing their areas of expertise.


2018: Jack Daigneault, Maureen Conte, Rut Pedrosa Pamies, JC Weber, Deshawn Adler, Alana Thurston, Emily DeFelippis, Marianna Karagiannis, Geovanna Pereira

2017: Maureen Conte, JC Weber, Emily Maness (alumni), Rut Pedrosa Pamies, Sofie Rudin, Franklina Yeboah, Johanna Holo, Mike Callahan

2016: Leonard Shaw, Maureen Conte, JC Weber, Emily Maness and Mike Callahan

2015: Leonard Shaw, Maureen Conte, JC Weber, Alice Carter, Ben Siranosian & Jessica Freedman (almuni) and Emily Maness

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

2013: Jessica Freedman, Tanner Cunningham, Emily Maness, Maureen Conte, James Little, JC Weber

2012: Maureen Conte, Anika Aarons, JC Weber, Jessica Freedman and Kenna Garrison

2011: Ben Siranosian, Marius Karolinski, Jessica Freedman, David Koweek, JC Weber and Maureen Conte

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

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

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

2007: Jean Fang, JC Weber, Jeff Bolstridge, Maureen Conte, Abbey Toltin, Leah Houghton and Rachel Franzblau

2006: Suilou Huang, JC Weber, Maureen Conte, Andy Gaylord, Abbey Toltin, Jasmine Crumsey and Rachel Franzblau.

2005: Andy Gaylord, JC Weber, Abbey Toltin, Maureen Conte and Suilou Huang.

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