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Megan May

Megan May

Postdoctoral Fellow

Marine Chemistry & Geochemistry

Biological Oceanography

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WHOI Mailing Address:

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

266 Woods Hole Rd.

MS# 32

Woods Hole, MA 02543-1050


MIT-WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography, Biological Oceanography (expected 2018)

MIT, Certificate in Science, Technology, and Policy (expected 2017)

DePauw University, BA in Biology, minors in Spanish and Sociology, 2013 

Research Interests

antibiotic resistance | public health | environmental microbiology | aquatic systems | biogeography |

Research Statement

Megan May is a doctoral candidate in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology-Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in Oceanography, working with Dr. Rebecca Gast.  Megan’s dissertation focuses on characterizing and quantifying antibiotic resistance in the ocean. Antibiotic resistance is a naturally occurring process when antibiotics, which are chemicals that kill or stop bacterial growth, do not affect the bacteria.  In the 20th century, humans began to utilize antibiotics, enhancing the amount of these chemicals and antibiotic resistance in the environment.  Understanding the patterns that drive antibiotic resistance is important for the sustainability of human and environmental health. 


Martin Fellowship for Sustainability 

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship