The Ocean Deacidification Team is creating solutions to how MEER:ReflEction may address ocean deacidification, and analyzing the effectiveness of current strategies depending on location. Ocean liming, primarily through artificial ocean alkalization removes atmospheric carbon by adding alkaline substances to seawater. The team is researching and using models to discover how this will affect ocean environments and organisms, and how it may best be implemented.
Team Leader, Marine Ecology Research Specialist
Drew Lira is a fourth year undergraduate student at the University of California San Diego studying Marine Biology. She is a researcher for the Solar Thermal Ocean Deacidification team of Project MEER:ReflEction, focusing on the ecosystem effects of ocean alkalinization. She is also an intern for CALPIRG at UCSD, where she works to increase youth voter turnout across the nation. She hopes to learn how to communicate science to the public and gain the skills to lobby effectively for climate policy. She has interests in environmental justice, global policy, and gardening.
Team Spokesperson, Biogeochemistry Research Specialist
Wrishija Roy is a fourth year undergraduate student at Emory University studying Environmental Science and Chemistry and pursuing an MPH in Environmental Health at the Rollins School of Public Health. She is a researcher for the Solar Thermal Ocean Deacidification team of Project MEER:ReflEction, focusing on the science and engineering behind solar-derived ocean liming. She hopes to quantify the real-world applications of sustainable technology and integrate clean energy and environmental equity in her own communities in Mississippi and Bangladesh. She has interests in environmental justice, bioethics, and film.
Data Analyst, Phytoplankton Research Specialist
Brittany Jones is a recent graduate of Western Washington University where she received a B.S. degree in Environmental Science with a primary focus in Oceanography and Water Quality. She is a researcher for the Solar Thermal Ocean Deacidification team of Project MEER:ReflEction, focusing on the impacts of alkalinity on phytoplankton, microorganisms, and bacteria. She hopes to expand her understanding and experience in hands-on laboratory and field work, as well as in public relations and science communication. She enjoys gardening and snowboarding in her free time.
Mohan Hathi is a Junior at the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, in Cambridge, MA. He is deeply engaged with both STEM teaching and engineering, and created a robotic spider movement platform for the Shamble Lab at Harvard. He’s excited to be building a two-axis tracking solar concentrator with Dr. Ye Tao and Chris Stokes as part of the MEER:ReflEction team. In his spare time, he enjoys 3D printing, running cross-country and track, and singing Indian classical music.