Kristin Pangallo has dreamed about working with dolphins and whales since she was a little girl in Plattsburgh, N.Y. Her interest in marine science brought her to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution as a research technician after she earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Bates College in 2002. Working at WHOI convinced her that her future lay in chemical oceanography, and in 2004, Pangallo started in the MIT/WHOI Joint Program. Now in her fifth year, she continues to be fascinated with the marine world and thrilled that her research benefits the amazing creatures that were her initial inspiration. Outside of science, Pangallo’s passion is dance, and she can’t wait to get back in the studio once she’s completed her Ph.D. She is a proud alum of Up with People, Cast B ’97.