Melissa is the Chief Scientific Officer for a small environmental and social impact focused technology company based in San Francisco, CA that is innovating technology to provide solar-powered vessel tracking solutions to artisanal scale fishing fleets. She received her Ph.D. in Marine Biology from the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, studying under Professor Farooq Azam. The focus of her doctoral research was the effects of coastal pollution on the microbial processes that support large-scale ecosystem health. She specifically studied these interactions on coral reefs exposed to two major sources of coastal pollution – aquaculture and sewage effluents – with the aim of finding more sustainable solutions for both aquaculture and sewage treatment practices. She is continued her work on coral-microbe interactions in a postdoctoral position at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she applied cutting edge microfluidic technology to understand how and why so many corals are becoming infected by microbial diseases around the globe. By combining tools from engineering and biophysics, she is able to study marine diseases at the scale on which it actually occurs: the microscale. This is work she continues as adjunct research faculty at California State University Monterey Bay, seeking to understand the small-scale interactions that ultimately drive the large-scale fate and health of marine ecosystems. Melissa holds a B.S. in molecular biology from Yale University and an M.S. in marine biology from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego.
Fellow at a Glance
Pelagic Data Systems (and CSU Monterey Bay)
Conservation Science & Biology
Carmel, CA 93923