Candidate for Member at Large: Senjie Lin

Senjie Lin

Ph.D., 1995 (Molecular Ecology of Phytoplankton area in the field of Biological Oceanography)

Biographical Information

Senjie Lin is a professor of molecular ecology/ecological genomics of marine phytoplankton at the Department of Marine Sciences, University of Connecticut. After his Ph.D. degree and a brief period at Stony Brook as a Postdoctoral Associate and a Research Assistant Professor, he moved to UConn in 1999, and became an Associate (2005) and then Full Professor (since 2009) there. His research mainly addresses regulatory mechanisms and environmental drivers of phytoplankton dynamics, harmful algal blooms, and coral-dinoflagellate symbiosis (coral bleaching). He joined ASLO in 1992 and has served as a convenor/co-convenor of special sessions of the Ocean Science/Aquatic Science meetings several times. He is an elected fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and ASLO. He has served as an Associate (or Academic) Editor or Guest Editor for many journals such as the Journal of Phycology, Frontiers in Microbiology, PLoSONE, and Marine Life Science and Technology.

Candidate Statement

I am keen to represent the interest of the general membership, particularly in the areas of interdisciplinary and molecular oceanography. Oceanography goes increasingly interdisciplinary on the one hand and more and more specialized on the other. It is great to witness the convergence of technologies such as remote sensing, shipboard experiments, moored instrument-based monitoring, and laboratory studies to address biological oceanographic and marine ecological questions. It is also hard to miss the rapid and exciting advances in molecular level understanding of the biogeochemical/ oceanographic processes. Yet, in my opinion, the merger of the two approaches, oceanographic and molecular, and the integration of the two very different scales (in space, time, and organization level) of information is inadequate and still need be substantially strengthened. Other areas of interdisciplinary research may also need greater support. My hope is to participate in the Board and advocate for the greater inclusion and integration of interdisciplinary studies of limnology and oceanography.

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