Program Director, Marine Microbiology Initiative
Ajit leads the Marine Microbiology Initiative team at the foundation.
Ajit is a biological oceanographer with expertise in biogeochemical cycles, remote sensing, bio-optics and phytoplankton physiology. He has worked on understanding the processes that can explain why particular species of phytoplankton grow where they do, the factors that cause such blooms and lead to their demise, and the consequences of these blooms.
Ajit has more than 20 years of research experience and has participated in over 50 research cruises. He comes to the foundation from the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University, where he was a Lamont Associate Research Professor. He also served as a program manager in the biological oceanography program at the U.S. National Science Foundation in 2008-2009.
Ajit earned his Ph.D. in coastal oceanography and M.S. in marine environmental science from the State University of New York, Stony Brook.
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