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Student

Chelsea Wegner Koch

Graduate Research Assistant
Student
Chelsea Wegner Koch
Graduate Research Assistant
Chesapeake Biological Laboratory

Bio

I have had a diverse set of interests and experiences during my career so far. I have had the opportunity to conduct research in the fields of geochemistry, marine ecology, physical oceanography and coastal geomorphology. This work has involved field work in the Chesapeake Bay, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Antarctica - and now in the Arctic. I have also had the opportunity to gain invaluable experience in marine policy at the Federal level through the Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship in 2014. This provided me the opportunity to work at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and subsequently with the National Science Foundation (NSF) after my fellowship. At NOAA, my portfolio dealt primarily with international ocean policy. At NSF, I worked in the United States Antarctic Program coordinating marine research projects in Antarctica. After the unique experience of working in the Antarctic, I was motivated to return to research, which brought me to CBL. My research focuses on establishing the use of sea ice biomarkers in the Pacific Arctic to monitor food web shifts as a result of declining sea ice in the region. 

Areas of Expertise

  • Geochemistry
  • Polar Environments
  • Marine Policy

Education

  • M.S. Marine Science, 2013, University of South Carolina
  • B.S. Environmental Science, 2011, University of Mary Washington

Graduate Program Foundation Areas