Laura Weber; Photo credit: Margaret Wroblewski

Laura Weber is currently a PhD candidate in Biological Oceanography within the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (MIT-WHOI) Joint PhD program. She is a member of the Apprill lab at WHOI and studies microbial (bacteria and archaea) interactions in coral reef ecosystems to get a better handle on how these interactions impact coral reef ecosystem functioning. In addition to working on her PhD, Laura is learning how to communicate her science effectively to others through social media, blogging, and art.

Laura graduated from University of Maryland College Park (UMD) with a Bachelor of Sciences degree in December 2012. She began her journey into ocean science when she interned as a guest student and a laboratory technician in Dr. Amy Apprill’s (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) lab from Spring 2013-Spring 2014. Laura also enjoys scuba diving, baking and cooking, playing the violin, hiking, apple-picking, expressing herself through coral reef-related art, and consuming avocados.