DR. HELGA DO ROSARIO GOMES
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 changing the 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.
Senior Research Staff Assistant
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.
Fields of interest:
- The sub-surface light field and optical-biological interactions;
- The dynamics of the vertical distribution of phytoplankton in the ocean;
- Modeling of the marine phytoplankton physiology and productivity from ocean color remote sensing