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Karen Chan

Karen Chan

Guest Investigator

Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering

Office Phone: +1 508 289 3243

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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

266 Woods Hole Rd.

MS# 50

Woods Hole, MA 02543-1050


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

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.