Lamont Research Professor
Fields of interest: Climate change and its impact on ocean biota and biogeochemical processes


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I am a biological oceanographer with a PhD in Marine Sciences from the Mumbai University. I use satellite data to study Climate Change and its effect on Ocean Biogeochemistry. Recently, I have been studying how human activities in coastal megacities are changingthe biodiversity of the Arabian Sea and the repercussions for the food chain. I live in Manhattan, NY but my hometown is in the state of Goa, India. I devote my free time to exploring the city that never sleeps and  promoting Goa Chitra, an ethnographic museum located in Benaulim, Goa, India.

Dr. Giulietta FargionDR. GIULIETTA FARGION
Adjunct Senior Research Scientist
I have a Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography where my research focused on the seasonal and inter-annual ecosystem climate variability.   I earned an undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Florence.  I have worked in senior academic, government and research positions, including at NASA where I was involved in calibration and validation of ocean color satellite data. My research interests include Remote sensing applications to coastal oceans, satellite calibration and protocol development and time series analyses of large in situ and satellite data.







Fulvio Boatta

Since a child I have been interested in Natural Sciences and related disciplines. I completed my MSc in ‘Ecology and Bio-geography’ at the University of Palermo, Italy in 2009. The focus my academic studies has been on trace metals deposition processes in the atmosphere. Since the 2010, I have been a guide at the Mineralogical Museum of the University of Palermo. I recently graduated with a PhD in Geochemistry from the University of Palermo. My project involved studying the effect of seawater acidification on the speciation and bio-accumulation of trace metals in blue mussels in a natural ecosystem, the Vulcano Island Bay off Palermo. Ocean Acidification is as such complex and fascinating topic, but studying its effects on trace metal speciation in complex natural environments is very difficult. So I decided to change my approach and undertake laboratory experiments in controlled microcosms with Prof. J. Goes’ team. I hope that the results of my current experiments will better elucidate the effects of trace metals’ uptake by phytoplankton in acidic conditions and lead to better management of our resources.

Senior Research Staff Assistant
Phone: +1-845-365-8781
I graduated from Barnard College in 2009 and have been working at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory ever since. I previously did a lot of work on the Hudson River Estuary and participated in several research cruises in the Bering Sea before joining the Goes Lab in 2011, where I now continue to study the effects of climate change on ecosystems such as the Bering Sea, as well as the Arabian Sea and Amazon River. I culture a wide variety of phytoplankton and other aquatic microorganisms, which we use in CO2 experiments in the lab, testing the effects of different pCO2 concentrations on their physiology and growth rates. I am otherwise responsible for processing seawater and biological samples from research cruises and culture experiments and compiling all of the biological, chemical, and physical oceanographic data collected from the field.

High School Student at The Bronx School of Science
I am a senior at the Bronx High School of Science. I play the trumpet in my school’s concert band, and am head drum major of the New York All City High School Marching Band. In my free time, I also enjoy fencing.
I have spent the last two summers at the lab, looking at the effect of CO2 on various phytoplankton. The results of this experiment, and others like it, will help give us a better idea of the future of our rapidly acidifying oceans.

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Goes-Gomes Lab at Columbia University's Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory

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