Kelton McMahon said he knew he wanted to be a marine scientist from a young age. In fact, his first word was “boat.” Growing up in southeastern Connecticut, McMahon spent summers helping his neighbor, a Connecticut College botany professor, assess the ecological impacts of local salt marsh restorations. McMahon pursued marine research at Bates College, Lewiston, Maine, earning his B.S. degree in 2005. For his honors biology thesis, he used an interdisciplinary stable isotope geochemistry and field ecology approach to assess the impacts of a changing food supply on the Arctic benthos. As a Ph.D. candidate in the MIT/WHOI joint program, he continues using geochemical tools to assess ecological questions, but in a much warmer climate. In his spare time, McMahon is an avid rock climber and photographer, traveling around the world looking for the next hard route or photo opportunity.
Posted: October 15, 2008