Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Karen Chan
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Guest Investigator
Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering

Contact Information:
Work: 508 289 3243
Building: Marine Research Facility 215

Mailing Address:
Mailstop 50
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Research Interests

Broadly speaking, I am interested in combining experimental and modeling techniques to understand the role of individual behaviors in shaping population-level ecological interactions. Specifically, I am interested in 1) swimming performance of marine plankton, its relationship with physiologies, particularly in response to environmental variations such as ocean acidification, and its implications on population dynamics; 2) Functional morphology of marine plankton and its evolutionary implications. As an educator, I am interested in developing instructional techniques that would improve students’ understanding of and interest in the scientific process. 


2009-2012       PhD, School of Oceanography, University of Washington

2006-2009       MSc, School of Oceanography, University of Washington

2005-2006       Exchange student, Dept. Ecology and Evolution, University of California, Davis

2003-2006       BSc, 1st class honors, Environmental Life Science, University of Hong Kong

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