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LUKE AND QUINN, MIT PhD student studying phytoplankton with code

Major: EAPS/MIT-WHOI Joint Program

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: G

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I am finishing my first year in the MIT-Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution joint program, where I study biological oceanography. I study eukaryotic phytoplankton, specifically coccolithophores and diatoms, and use a variety of computational and experimental approaches to study these organisms. Primarily, I use time-series culture work, models, and bioinformatics to understand the genetic and physiological adaptations of these organisms and how they might respond to global change. The eldest of 5 children, I have long had a passion for teaching and education, whether through play school with my siblings, shadowing the interning teacher-to-be, or serving as a Junior Educator at the Florida Aquarium. I am excited to share some knowledge with you all!

Past Classes

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M14024: Bayes, Bays, and Bacteria: Bayesian Pattern Discovery in Biological Systems in HSSP Summer 2020 (Jul. 11, 2020)
How can we use math to discover patterns in nature? Why might some patterns be difficult to decode, while others are more obvious? You may have learned about Bayes' Theorem in a high school statistics course. It turns out that this theorem has inspired (and largely enabled) a whole subfield of mathematics and statistics: Bayesian Analysis. In this course, we’ll go through the basics of Bayesian Analysis, an increasingly popular framework used in scientific research and as an underpinning for machine learning. We will demystify the relatively intuitive idea behind Bayesian Analysis, which will equip you for college courses in math and computer science. The fun part, though, will be diving into application areas in biology, including bacterial genetics and habitat modeling. Students of this course will gain solid mathematical skills while trying your hand at the wide world of mathematical biology.

L13825: Diving Deeper: An Opulent Ocean Odyssey in Spark 2020 (Mar. 14 - 15, 2020)
Imagine the wildest, most flam-buoyant ocean ecosystem you can. Trust us: it’s way wilder! We’ll explore just how over-whale-mingly strange and beautiful its inhabitants are, and their outrageous adaptations to thrive in the direst of Straits. We’ll learn just how delicately intricate the ecosystem is, and how the fates of the surface-most dwellers are tied to those over 7 miles down. How exactly do we impact this otter-ly fin-tastic – and fragile – complexity, and how does it in turn impact us? In this course, we’ll show you just how alien the world actually is, and how learning to understand it is of the most fundamental importance.