Jodi Young, Ph.D.

Future of Ice assistant professor, School of Oceanography, University of WashingtonJodi Young’s website

Jodi Young is a Future of Ice assistant professor within the School of Oceanography at the University of Washington (UW) and a faculty member of the UW astrobiology program. Her research focuses on understanding the underlying mechanisms of photosynthesis in marine microbes. In particular, she investigates how the adaptation and function of enzymes interact with microbe physiology to constrain CO2 fixation rates in widely diverse environments and organisms. Half of Earth’s photosynthesis occurs in the oceans, greatly influencing biogeochemical cycles that form the base of marine ecosystems. Understanding the mechanics and variability of marine photosynthesis will enable more accurate predictions of the response of the marine biosphere to future change. Her research includes exploring photosynthesis in extreme environments, such as within sea ice in the polar oceans. These productive regions are experiencing rapid change and also act as an analog for life on exoplanets. Young received a B.Sc in marine sciences and biotechnology from Murdoch University, Australia (2000) and a D.Phil in Earth sciences from Oxford University (2011). During her D.Phil she studied the adaption of CO2 fixation in phytoplankton over geological timescales. From 2011-2015 she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Geosciences at Princeton University, where she investigated marine photosynthesis in polar environments, taking part in a two-month field study of algal photosynthesis in Antarctica.

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