Annette Hynes started her career as a microbial ecologist at a tender age. As a pre-schooler, she collected alfalfa and crabapples and fermented them in a large ceramic pot to stink out her parents and three sisters: Jeannette, Lynnette, and Raennette. Growing up in Oshkosh, Neb. she was fascinated by tornadoes, milkweed parachutes, and grasshoppers. She got her B.S. in biological sciences and mathematics and a teaching certificate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1998. She taught math and science in New Jersey and Kenya before coming to the MIT/WHOI Joint Program in 2003. Annette is working with Scott Doney and John Waterbury in biological oceanography. She is interested in combining culturing, field, and ecological modeling techniques to answer questions about phytoplankton ecology and biogeography. When she’s not popping cells or wrestling with her computer, she enjoys climbing, crocheting, and curling.