Check out our featured early career scientists and their work with research and education! 

CONCORDE Postdoc Sally Warner Brings Global Perspective to Gulf of Mexico Mixing Study

In spite of the fact that New Jersey native Sally Warner grew up spending her summers at the shore and the lake, she wasn’t all that interested in studying water. Instead, her heart belonged to roller coasters. sally chameleon winch

“In the tenth grade, I took physics for the first time, and it just blew my mind,” she recalled. “Everywhere I went I saw free body diagrams. The teacher used roller coasters as examples for many of the concepts, and I just thought it would be the coolest thing to design them!” Read more>>>

Ali Deary Follows Larval Fishes Through the Nearshore Water Column

“I never thought of any other career,” laughed CONCORDE postdoc Ali Deary. “It was always science.”

Sitting in her office surrounded by her work—including a tray of larval Banded Drum samples she cleared and stained ‘for fun,’ she recalled how a vision of dolphins playing during a high school trip to Virginia Beach made her realize marine science would be her final destination. Read more>>>

Ali Deary shows off cleared and stained larval Banded Drum samples.
Ali Deary shows off larval Banded Drum samples. (photo credit: Tara Skelton)


CONCORDE’s Adam Boyette Coordinates Multi-Consortia Bonnet Carré Response

On January 9, 2016, the Army Corps of Engineers diverted rising Mississippi River floodwaters via the Bonnet Carré spillway to take pressure off the New Orleans levee system. The twenty open bays on the spillway allowed fresh water to move into Lake Pontchartrain and onwards to the northern Gulf of Mexico. Exactly one month later, researchers from the GoMRI consortia CONCORDE, DEEPEND, ECOGIG, CARTHE, and ACER mobilized in Gulfport, Mississippi to spend three days aboard the R/V Point Sur sampling in areas impacted by the influx of river water. The team looked at everything from the physical and chemical makeup of the water column to the number and placement of plankton and other marinelife in the freshwater-laden coastal waters.

Chief Scientist Adam Boyette (right) talks with Peng Ho prior to launching the rosette during the Bonnet Carré spillway research cruise. (photo credit: Alison Deary)

“This event marks the 11th time the spillway has been opened since 1931, but more importantly, this marks the earliest opening in its 85-year history. Large pulses of freshwater to coastal waters can significantly impact coastal ecosystems,” explained University of Southern Mississippi doctoral student Adam Boyette, who headed the research effort. “We would like to get a better understanding of the dynamics of these fresh water diversions.” Read more>>>

CONCORDE’s Mission to Mentor Young Scientists Apparent in Spring Campaign and Beyond

Two postdocs, Ali Deary and Adam Greer, took turns as Chief Scientist aboard the R/V Point Sur during the recent Spring Campaign, while three others—Kemal Cambazoglu, Sabrina Parra, and Inia Soto-Ramos—devised the cruise plan for the R/V Pelican. Earlier in the year PhD student Adam Boyette organized and led a research cruise to study the impacts of the sudden and dramatic opening of the Bonnet Carré spillway, while working alongside Soto-Ramos to marshal CONCORDE’s resources to research a damaging harmful algal bloom in the Gulf. The consortium is also encouraging both postdocs and students to serve as lead authors on papers to be submitted for publication.




Dr. Inia Soto Ramos 
Inia Soto Ramos Combines Satellite Imagery and Models to Better Understand Gulf

Dr. Inia Soto Ramos grew up in mountainous central Puerto Rico looking forward to the summer holidays to go to the beach.

“I really liked science since I was a kid,” she recalled. “I would look around my house in the mountains for anything to investigate, and I would wait an entire year to get to go to the beach. I was fascinated by the ocean since I was very young.” Read more >>>

Steve Dykstra with a glider. 

Steve Dykstra, a PhD student with a Mission to Improve Water Quality in Developing Countries

Michigan native Steve Dykstra spent much of his childhood outdoors.

“I grew up around the water,” Dykstra recalled. “As a kid, we used to go out and change around the mouths of streams as they go into Lake Michigan. I never realized you could have a job doing that.” Read more>>>