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Melissa Patrician

Melissa Patrician

Project Manager

Ship Operations

Office Phone: +1 508 289 3449

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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

266 Woods Hole Rd.

MS# 55

Woods Hole, MA 02543-1050


Stony Brook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, Stony Brook, NY
Ph.D. Candidate - Marine and Atmospheric Sciences
Thesis: "Multi-scale spatial heterogeneity of zooplankton in the North Atlantic and North Pacific basins."

University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, Narragansett, RI
M.S. Biological Oceanography (December 2005)
Thesis: "Investigation of factors underlying the abandonment of the Roseway Basin feeding ground by North Atlantic right whales (Eubalaena glacialis): 1993 - 1999."

University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI
B.S. Marine Biology with Honors (May 2002)

Research Interests

Large whale foraging ecology; marine mammal habitat assessment; zooplankton ecology; physical and biological mechanisms for copepod advection and aggregation


Zooplankton Ecology: Zooplankton sample collection (ring net, bongo net, IKMT, MOCNESS, DAVPR, RTVPR, VPRII, OPC, LOPC , ES60, EK60, ADCP), data and sample analysis/species enumeration and identification (biovolume, microscope work, silhouette photography)
Oceanographic Instrumentation: CTD, OPC, LOPC, DAVPR, VPRII, ES60, EK60, ADCP, Bathyphotometer, RATS, MOCNESS, Bongo Net, Ring Net, IKMT, Transmissometer, Fluorometer, Hydroscat, OBS
Marine Mammal Research: Skilled marine mammal observer, Photo-­ID, necropsy, biopsy training
Ocean/Boating Safety: Small Boat Operator Certificate of Competency, U.S. Power Squadron Boating Safety Course, Sea Survival and Safety for Oceanographic Scientists, WHOI Small Boat Operator, Forklift Operation   
Computer Skills: Matlab, IDL, R, GIS, EndNote, SAS, Ocean Data View, Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office Suite
Language Skills: Limited proficiency in Spanish and Italian
Medical Skills: Emergency Medical Services experience, AHA CPR and First Aid instructor
Diving Skills: PADI Basic and NAUI Advanced Diving certifications 


Ph.D. candidate at School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY