Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Scott M Gallager
Scott M Gallager
Associate Scientist w/tenure

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Research Interests

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 a participant in the IOOS initiative to develop oceanographic observatories throughout the northeast.

I developed the OceanCubes cabled observatory program as a mechanism to provide affordable, long-term, sustained and high frequency observations in coastal and fresh waters. My group has deployed OceanCubes observatories off Motobu Point, Okinawa, Japan, Oshima Island, Japan, and on the Pacific coast of the Panamanian Isthmus (

Large scale benthic imaging in stereo 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.


Ph.D. Biology, Boston Unviversity 1992

M.S. Environmental Science, Long Island University, 1976

B.S. Pre-medicine, Alfred University, 1974

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