Vernet Lab

The Ecology of

Polar Phytoplankton

Dr. Maria Vernet
Integrative Oceanography Division
Room 2123, Sverdrup Hall
Phone: (858) 534-5322
Fax: (858) 822-0562

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§ Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Polar phytoplankton ecology and physiology, plankton carbon cycle, long-term changes in marine ecosystems, effect of climate change on phytoplankton communities, photosynthetic pigments, primary production


  • Post-graduate Fellow, 1986-1989, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego
  • Ph.D., 1983, Biological Oceanography, University of Washington
  • M.S., 1981, Biological Oceanography, University of Washington
  • B.S., 1975, Biological Sciences, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Honors and Awards

  • Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA, 1998-1999
  • Fellow, Marshall Fund, Norway, 1991
  • Norwegian Research Council, Visiting Scholar, University of Trondheim, Norway 1988
  • Antarctic Medal, Office of Polar Programs, National Science Foundation, 1988
  • American Association of University Women, Pre-doctoral Fellowship, 1981-1982
  • Business and Professional Women's Association, Pre-doctoral Fellowship, 1981


  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Association of Limnology and Oceanography
  • Ecological Society of America
  • Phycological Society of America

Recent and Upcoming Sea Time

  • Weddell Sea (March-April 2009, January-February 2010, January 2012) on ARSV Nathanial B Palmer