Naomi Shelton

Polar Scientist in the Spotlight

Learn about all sorts of careers that polar scientists have as we explore their different research areas through the featured Polar Scientist of the Month.

Naomi Shelton

Laboratory Manager, Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University

What do you do?

I oversee all of our laboratory analysis using analytical instruments, as well as collecting seawater samples onboard the R/V Laurence M. Gould. My job is to help scientists by producing data about the microbial food web and biogeochemical cycling that can facilitate a better understanding of the Antarctic food web dynamics.


What is the best thing about your job?

Teaching the public about Antarctica.

What is the most important tool you use for research?

Excel spreadsheets!

Why is what you do important?

The data I produce helps countless scientists piece together the puzzle that is the changing food web dynamics in the Western Antarctic Peninsula.

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