Harriet Alexander, Ph.D.

Assistant Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Harriet Alexander is an assistant scientist in the Department of Biology at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Combining classic oceanographic approaches with a specialization in computational biology and molecular biology, she and her research group work to investigate the response of eukaryotic phytoplankton to the changing ocean environment. In particular, she is interested in the variable impact of individual-level physiological plasticity and community-level shifts in composition and activity on ecosystem function. Most recently, she has been interested in understanding the ecological role of ‘pan genomes’ in eukaryotic taxa. Her lab also works to develop computational tools and pipelines to facilitate the study of non-model and environmental ‘-omic’ data to enable discovery by other groups. Alexander earned her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences in 2010 from Wellesley College, followed by a doctorate in biological oceanography in 2016 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology-Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (MIT-WHOI) Joint Program. Prior to starting her lab at WHOI, she was a postdoctoral researcher with Titus Brown in the Data Intensive Biology Lab at the University of California, Davis.

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