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Kate Randolph (Feb. 24)
Assistant Research Scientist, Oceanography @California Maritime Academy
Kate Randolph is an Assistant Research Scientist in Oceanography at CSU Maritime Academy. Her research is centered on relating freshwater, estuarine and oceanic optical properties to ocean biogeochemistry and upper ocean physics. She is originally from the Midwest, attended Indiana University in Bloomington, and spent her earlier years studying the rivers and lakes of Indiana. She did her PhD work at the University of Connecticut, working in Heidi Dierssen’s lab, where she studied the sources of backscattered light in the Southern Ocean. She takes a multidisciplinary approach to oceanography—merging physics and biogeochemistry at small and large scales through the application of novel observation methods.
Kimberly Komatsu (March 3)
Senior Scientist @Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Dr. Kim Komatsu is a conservation ecologist with a research focus on community and ecosystem responses to global change drivers. She received her BS from University of California, Irvine and PhD from Yale University, where she studied the roles of nutrient availability, climate, and herbivory in driving grassland community composition and ecosystem function. Kim spent a postdoc at University of California, Berkeley, investigating how mutualistic interactions are impacted by global change drivers in the legume-rhizobia system. In 2017, Kim started as a Senior Scientist at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) in Edgewater, MD. Her research at SERC builds upon her history of examining the effects of human activities on the environment in natural and agricultural systems.
Aurora Ricart (March 10)
Postdoctoral Scientist @Bigelow Laboratories for Ocean Sciences