Advisory Board Bio: Tatiana Rynearson

Tat_ryTatiana Rynearson, Metcalf’s science co-director, is associate professor of oceanography at the URI Graduate School of Oceanography and a biological oceanographer. She studies plankton adaptation and evolution and her fieldwork to understand dynamic marine ecosystems has taken her to all seven continents and most of the oceans in between.

She teaches and mentors undergraduate and graduate students, and they routinely join her in the field. Rynearson is director of the plankton monitoring program in Narragansett Bay, underway since the 1960s, and co-director of the URI Marine Life Sciences Center.

She received her Bachelor’s degree in aquatic sciences from Brown University and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Washington.