Expedition Team

Emelia DeForce - Chief Scientist


Emelia currently resides in Woods Hole, MA and works at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution as a microbial ecologist.  She received her master’s and PhD degrees at University of Massachusetts Boston studying both medically important microorganisms as well as microbes that live in soil.  She has since transitioned to working on microbes that live in hydrothermal vent ecosystems.  Because microorganisms are literally found everywhere, she has traveled to very remote places to sample, and is thankful for every opportunity to be on the ocean.  Emelia participated in Plastics at SEA:  North Atlantic Expedition 2010 where she worked on a project to better understand the role that microbes play in plastic pollution in the ocean.