Nancy Prouty is a Reseach Oceanographer with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) at the Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz, California. She received her Ph.D. at Stanford University in the Oceans Program and was a postdoctoral scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. She joined the U. S. Geological Survey in 2006 as a Mendenhall Fellow as part of the Ridge-to-Reef studies in Hawaii, and her scientific background includes a broad range of atmospheric chemistry, oceanography, and climate change. Using geochemical signals preserved in “natural recorders” (e.g., ice cores and coral records) of climate variability, Nancy focuses on enhancing understanding of climate variability on human-relevant timescales and impact of human activities on the climate. Nancy currently contributes to the USGS Coral Reef Project and is a member of the Diversity, Systematics, and Connectivity of Vulnerable Reef Ecosystems (DISCOVRE) team. Nancy is a Principal Investigator for “Observing Seafloor Methane Seeps at the Edge of Hydrate Stability” and will focus on geochemical and isotopic analyses of sediments, benthic biology, and seawater collected at seep and background sites.