Dr. Alyson Santoro is a microbial oceanographer that specializes in the ecology of nitrogen cycling microbes. Most of her research focuses on the eastern Pacific Ocean, including expeditions to the California Current, Equatorial Pacific, and the Eastern Tropical South Pacific off Peru. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Horn Point Laboratory, part of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science.

Alyson’s interests on this cruise are to measure rates of different nitrogen cycling processes inside and outside the oxygen deficient zone, and compare these rates to the abundances of microbial proteins measured by the Saito research group.

Alyson received her B.A. from Dartmouth College and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Stanford University. She was a Postdoctoral Scholar at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. She is the recipient of a Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship in Ocean Sciences, which is funding her participation in the R/V Falkor expedition.