Sonya Dyhrman Named SCOPE Investigator


Congratulations to Professor Sonya Dyhrman for being named a SCOPE Investigator in the new Simons Foundation program in ocean sciences.
The Simons Collaboration on Ocean Processes and Ecology (SCOPE) is establishing a collaborative effort that will measure, model and experimentally manipulate a complex system representative of a broad swath of the North Pacific Ocean. This collaboration aims to advance our understanding of the biology, ecology and biogeochemistry of microbial processes that dominate Earth's largest biome: the global ocean.  Specifically, SCOPE will conduct highly resolved spatial and temporal analyses over multiple levels of biological organization at a representative ocean benchmark, Station ALOHA, located in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre (NPSG - 100 km north of Oahu).
Through SCOPE investigator Awards, Simons Foundation has built a cohesive and interactive multi-disciplinary community of scientists, committed to partner in meaningful collaborations that will address some long-standing scientific challenges in microbial oceanography at this focal study site. Scientific productivity, creativity and risk in the design of experiments, and a commitment to collaborative participation at the SCOPE field site, were important factors in the selection process.
The award comes with three years of funding that Professor Dyhrman’s research group will use to investigate the role of key functional groups of cyanobacteria and microalgae in the ecosystem structure and biogeochemistry of the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre.  Their approach will use novel molecular tools to track the distribution and metabolism of different microbial groups with unprecedented resolution. 
Sonya Dyhrman is a tenured Associate Professor in our department. She graduated with high honors in biology from Dartmouth College and received her Ph.D. in marine biology from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.  Sonya did her postdoctoral training at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), where she was a tenured member of the scientific staff until coming to Columbia in 2013.  Her research leverages molecular tools to study the physiological ecology of cyanobacteria and eukaryotic microalgae and their role in shaping marine ecosystem structure, function, and biogeochemistry.
“It is a thrill to have this acknowledgement for the research my group is doing and the opportunity to work with such distinguished colleagues on microbial oceanography in the oligotrophic ocean.”  - Sonya
Congratulations Sonya!