Amy Apprill

Assistant Scientist

Amy Apprill

Assistant Scientist

Marine Chemistry & Geochemistry

Contact Information
Work: 508 289 2649
Fax: 508-457-2164
Building: Fye 116

Mailing Address:
Mailstop 4
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole, MA 02543


2009 - Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography - University of Hawaii at Manoa
2004 - M.S. in Biological Oceanography - University of Hawaii at Manoa
2001 - B.A. in Marine Science, Biology - University of San Diego

Research Interests

I am a marine microbiologist, and my research addresses questions that focus on the contribution of microorganisms to the health and ecology of marine organisms. I am also interested in how animal-associated microbes reflect the alterations occuring in their surrounding marine environment.  My current research uses a combination of field measurements and observations and laboratory experiments and relies on diverse methodology (cultivation, genomic, metagenomic and bioinformatic) to examine the microbiomes of reef-building corals and marine mammals.


October, 2014: Our lab is participating in a study of the massive coral bleaching event hitting the Hawaiian Islands.  Read more about this research on our blog:

September, 2014: Amy traveled to Cuba to begin discussions about cruises to study the coral reefs surrounding the coast of the island.  Stay tuned for a cruise blog starting in early 2015.

August, 2014: WHOI-KAUST joint post-doc Matt Neave publishes whole genome sequences of three symbiotic Endozoicomonas bacteria:

May 2014: We co-authored a large scale survey of Fungiidae corals in the eastern Red Sea, which linked incidences of lesioned corals to seawater temperature and coastal pollution:

April, 2014: Evan Kovacs & Chad Smith published an article about our 2012 cruise to Micronesia in Diver magazine (Vol. 39, #3).

March, 2014: We recently published a paper on the humpback whale skin microbiome that is featured in a WHOI press release
as well as a Smithsonian Ocean Portal blog

February 2014: Matthew Neave, Sean McNally, Laura Weber and Amy Apprill all presented papers in a 'Coral Microbiology' session at the ASLO Ocean Sciences meeting in Honolulu, HI. 

January 2014: We are enjoying the new Korallion Lab in the Maldives on a sampling trip with colleague Chris Voolstra (KAUST) and WHOI colleagues Konrad Hughen and Justin Ossolinski.  An unforgettable experience!!

November 2013: Our lab joins KAUST reseracher Chris Voolstra on sampling trips to Western Australia (Ningaloo), Eastern Australia and American Samoa.  Thanks to our many colleagues who helped our collection efforts!

April 2013: The MOTE Tropical Marine Laboratory in Summerland Key, FL graciously hosted our lab for field collection efforts on a new NSF funded project to study the microbial symbionts of corals.

November 2012: Read about our recent adventures and research in Micronesia on our blog:

Last updated: October 24, 2014