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Scott Gallager

Scott Gallager

Associate Scientist w/ Tenure


Office Phone: +1 508 289 2783

Fax: +1 508 457 2158

Phone: +1 508 289 3973

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WHOI Mailing Address:

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

266 Woods Hole Rd.

MS# 50

Woods Hole, MA 02543-1050

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Lab: Marine Research Facility 109 lab (x3973) (MS# 50)

Office: Marine Research Facility 110 Lab (MS# 50)


B.A. Alfred University, 1974, Biology and Environmental Studies
M.S. Long Island University, 1977, Marine Science
Ph.D. Boston University, 1991, Biology

Research Interests

Functional morphology of locomotion and feeding in mero- and holoplankton; population ecology of bivalve larvae in the plankton; mechanisms of biomineralization in phyto- and zooplankton; developmemt of optical and acoustic tools for pelagic and habitat characterization.

Research Statement

My research focuses on the functional morphology and biophysics of locomotion and feeding in microplankton, meroplankton, holoplankton, and icthyoplankton including understanding the importance of early life history stages in recruitment success in fishes, and optimizing culture techniques of microbial communities, particularly microplankton.

Development of instrumentation for quantifying the micro-scale to meso-scale distributions and the physical environment of plankton is central to my research objectives. I am an active participant in the IOOS initiative to develop oceanographic observatories throughout the northeast and have recently been funded to install OceanCubes cabled observatories off Motobu Point, Okinawa, Japan, Oshima Island, Japan, and both sides of the Panamanian Isthmus (

Large scale stereo benthic imaging is providing an important view of multi-scale processes from mm to 1000s of km. Habitat suitability modeling allows us to view and quantify how organisms are distributed in reference to their physical and geochemical environment. The goal is to combine information acquired at these scales into a synoptic, dynamic picture of the coastal ecosystem and the organisms that it supports.


Visiting Professor

Marine Biophysics

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology