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Columbia University, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Raymond Sambrotto is a marine plankton ecologist and biogeochemist. His work focuses mainly on the interaction between the ocean’s microbial life and its chemical makeup. In recent years, there has been significant progress in understanding the global role of the ocean ecosystem that covers 70% of the Earth. However, critical questions remain such as how this system interacts with climate variation and with the addition of pollutants from human activities.

Sambrotto has worked in most of the major regions of the ocean and the BEST-BSIERP work is a return to research on the Bering Sea where he began his oceanographic studies. He is currently a Doherty Research Scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University.