||mkrach (at) ucsd.edu
||9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, California 92093-0218
Monika works with Dr. Lisa Levin and Ben Grupe on the biological community of the recently-discovered Del Mar methane seep. As a Masters student at Scripps, she joined the Levin lab on the San Diego Coastal Expedition, a student-run research cruise aboard the R/V Melville. Currently, she is investigating methane-seep infauna in the Levin lab. In addition, Monika is exploring the economic, policy, and management issues associated with deep-sea chemosynthetic communities.
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, she graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. After graduating, Monika worked as a PR and Marketing Director in New York City and for Green Renaissance, an environmental film company in South Africa.
Her latest adventure was a 30-day research expedition along the Antarctic Peninsula as a Zooplankton and Fish Technician for the Antarctic Ecosystem Research Division of NOAA. Along with examining zooplankton (specifically Euphausiids and various Amphipods) distributions, the expedition also investigated phytoplankton and microbial composition in the water column and Antarctic sea ice.
December 19, 2013
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