Rene Boiteau is an assistant professor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University and holds a joint appointment at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He and his research group develop analytical methods that provide windows into how marine elemental cycles are structured at the molecular level. Leveraging these and other ‘omics’ tools, his work investigates how metals and organic nutrients impact marine food webs, evolutionary adaptations and environmental/human health. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, earth science and integrated science from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in earth sciences at the University of Cambridge, where he studied oceanographic changes over past ice ages, followed by a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program studying the impact of micronutrient iron deficiency on marine microbial dynamics. Prior to joining the faculty of Oregon State, he was a Linus Pauling Postdoctoral Fellow at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Environmental Molecular Sciences Lab.