Eric Ryberg is a postdoctoral researcher and environmental chemist in the Department of Marine Chemistry & Geochemistry at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). Prior to joining the Woods Hole community in 2021, he was a postdoctoral researcher at MIT in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, & Planetary Sciences. He received his B.A. in Chemistry and Earth & Planetary Sciences from Johns Hopkins University in 2015, and his Ph.D. in Chemical & Environmental Engineering from Yale University in 2020.
Eric specializes in the role of photochemically-produced reactive oxygen species (ROS) in both natural systems and engineered systems, with implications ranging from furthering our understanding of biogeochemical systems to promoting human health. Under the guidance of Dr. Colleen Hansel, Dr. Scott Wankel, and Dr. Collin Ward at WHOI, Eric is investigating the role of photochemistry in the cycling of manganese in marine, desert, and Martian surface environments. His current projects focus on the role of ROS in the formation of manganese oxide minerals, and the mechanisms of ROS production under anoxic conditions.