Program Leadership

Bill Curry, Program Leader
Curry is the President & CEO of BIOS and as such leads the multi-institutional BIOS-SCOPE program

Craig Carlson, Program Director and Co-Principal Investigator
Carlson is a Professor at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology and is a member of UCSB’s Marine Science Institute. He is also a member of BIOS’s Adjunct Faculty. As the Program Director of BIOS-SCOPE, Carlson oversees the overall science plan to ensure that the research carried out is effective in its cross-disciplinary and integrative approach.

Research Teams

Institution Role Expertise
Zac Anderson
A sea-going technician at BIOS, Anderson assists Lopez in collecting field samples for the BIOS-SCOPE program on BATS cruises, including the acquisition of DNA and dissolved organic matter. He assists Johnson with data integration and CTD processing.
At-sea Support Physical Oceanography
Leocadio Blanco-Bercial
An Assistant Scientist at BIOS, Blanco-Bercial is using metabarcoding to identify the zooplankton and protists at various depths in the water column during the day and night in order to determine how peaks of abundance of the eukaryotes overlap with distinct prokaryotic communities over the diel cycle.
Investigator Zooplankton-microbial Community Interactions
Rodney Johnson
An Assistant Scientist at BIOS, Johnson is a physical oceanographer who manages and serves as Co-PI for both BATS and the Hydrostation “S” programs. He will be responsible for data integration and CTD processing and will oversee the time-series sampling for BIOS-SCOPE.
Data Processing and Integration Physical Oceanography
Paloma Lopez
Lopez is responsible for collecting field samples for the BIOS-SCOPE program on BATS cruises, including the acquisition of DNA and dissolved organic matter. Lopez also coordinates with research and logistics specialists for pre-cruise prep and post-cruise sample processing. She assists with streamlining sampling protocols and sample processing.
At-sea Support Physical Oceanography
Amy Maas
An Assistant Scientist at BIOS, Maas is studying the ecological interaction between the zooplankton and the prokaryotic community, broadening our understanding of the microbial loop and extending it to include non-trophic community interactions.
Investigator Zooplankton-microbial Community Interactions
Natasha McDonald
McDonald, a research specialist at BIOS, was brought in to assist with BIOS-SCOPE cruise logistics, shipping, ordering and sample processing in order to ensure that sample analyses remain current. She also brings to BIOS-SCOPE, her expertise in time-series data analysis and chromophoric DOM from her time as a technician for the Bermuda Bio-Optics Project (BBOP).
Research Support Chemical Oceanography
Rachel Parsons
As the manager of the Microbial Ecology Laboratory at BIOS, Parsons is assisting BIOS-SCOPE collaborators with experimental set up and sampling during and after their visits, and facilitating pre- and post-cruise logistics. She is managing the initial processing of samples from cruises, and training BIOS-SCOPE visitors and students on BIOS’s microscope and image analysis system. Parsons is also designing and executing independent research central to the BIOS-SCOPE program.
Investigator Microbial Oceanography
Oregon State University
Stephen Giovannoni
Giovannoni is a Distinguished Professor at Oregon State University in the Department of Microbiology where he manages the High Throughput Microbial Cultivation Lab, a facility that uses robotics, flow cytometry and cell arraying techniques to culture and identify cells at the very low growth rates and nutrient concentrations. He is also a member of BIOS’s Adjunct Faculty.As a co-PI of BIOS-SCOPE, Giovannoni is conducting and supervising research focused on identifying new and significant mechanisms of dissolved organic matter oxidation in microbial plankton, both in controlled laboratory experiments and in the field.
Co-Principal Investigator Microbial Oceanography
Jimmy Saw
Saw is the co-discoverer of Lochiarchaea, the ancestors of modern Eukaryotic cells.  He is a bioinformaticist who specializes in the analysis of metagenomic data, a talent he is applying in BIOS-SCOPE to understand the carbon-oxidation metabolic pathways of SAR11 and SAR202, two of the most abundant microbial plankton in the ocean water column.  Just as uncultured microbes form the so called dark matter of the microbial world, unidentified genes are the dark matter of genomes.  Saw is bringing experiments with cells and evolutionary bioinformatics together in BIOS-SCOPE, searching for patterns in carbon cycle biochemistry that are outside the boundaries of the known world of metabolism.
Post-doctoral Fellow Microbial Bioinformatics
University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB)
Craig Carlson
Carlson is a Professor at UCSB where he leads a research group in Microbial Oceanography. The UCSB group focuses on the role that marine microbes play in the cycling of elements through oceanic dissolved organic matter (DOM) and the biogeochemical significance of DOM in the marine carbon cycle. As a co-PI of BIOS-SCOPE, Carlson is conducting and supervising research focused on microbial processing and the response to dissolved organic matter variability. Carlson is also developing and coordinating synergistic research with investigators of the SCOPE program, which capitalizes on the Hawaii Ocean Time-series program (HOT)—the sister program to BIOS’s BATS program.
Co-Principal Investigator Microbial Oceanography
Elisa Halewood
As the manager of the Carlson Microbial Oceanography Lab at UCSB, Halewood is providing research support with respect to the analyses of dissolved organic matter. She is also providing logistical support in the field, and coordinating data sets for the BIOS-SCOPE team.
Research support Microbial Oceanography
Shuting Liu
Liu is a post-doctoral scholar at UCSB. She is interested in the research about microbial degradation and transformation of DOM in seawater. Her research focus is on using small peptides as model compounds to investigate mechanisms of DOM decomposition and its role in the marine carbon and nitrogen cycles. She developed a new High Performance Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry method to measure low-concentrations of small peptides in seawater, compared peptide hydrolysis and/or decomposition rates and pathways in different seawater environments.
Post-doctoral Fellow Microbial Oceanography
Keri Opalk
Opalk is a sea-going technician responsible for the collection and analysis of dissolved organic matter from a number of coastal and open ocean sites.
Research Support Chemical Oceanography
Skidaway Institute of Oceanography
Elizabeth Harvey
Harvey recently joined the Marine Sciences faculty at Skidaway Institute of Oceanography as an Assistant Professor.  Her research involves a mechanistic understanding of how individual-level interactions between heterotrophic predators and phytoplankton prey drive average grazing rates, including investigations into the impact of phytoplankton morphology, chemistry, and behavior in influencing these interactions.
Visiting Scholar Microbial Oceanography
University of Exeter
Ben Temperton
A Lecturer of Bioinformatics at the University of Exeter, Temperton is conducting research focused on integrative computational analyses of existing and new multi-‘omic datasets (including single-cell genomics) to better understand the interactions of microbial communities and their associated viruses with dissolved organic matter.
Investigator Microbial Bioinformatics
Joanna Warwick-Dugdale
Warwick-Dugdale is a PhD student at the University of Exeter with the Plymouth Marine Laboratory studying marine microbial ecology. Her research interests lie in understanding how communities of the smallest marine organisms (i.e. bacteria; archaea; algae; viruses) function to drive systems at large scales (e.g. nutrient cycling).
Doctoral Student Marine Microbial Ecology
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)
Elizabeth Kujawinski
Kujawinski is an Associate Scientist with Tenure at WHOI where she leads the Molecular Environmental Science Lab, a research group focused on the characterization of dissolved organic matter (DOM) in different aquatic environments and the effect of abiotic and biotic processes on DOM composition in the oceans.As a BIOS-SCOPE Investigator, Kujawinski is applying metabolomics tools to characterize dissolved and cell-associated organic matter, and integrating chemical data with systems biology tools to understand the underpinnings of microbial consortia and their functions. 
Investigator Marine Metabolomics
Krista Longnecker
A Research Specialist at WHOI, Longnecker is supporting research in marine metabolomics, marine microbiology and the integration of system biology tools. She is also facilitating field activities and data integration.
Gretchen Swarr
A Research Associate at WHOI, Swarr is facilitating metabolomics sample extraction and field planning.
Research Support Marine Metabolomics