"The Earth is what we all have in common" - Wendell Berry

Postdoctoral Researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Potential Faculty

Potential Researcher

My research involves understanding the Earth as a system, especially aquatic/marine environments. I have a strong background in environmental science, oceanography, limnology, population biology, and ecology—which allows me to see the entire system, from environmental drivers (like El Niño-Southern Oscillation) to ecological interactions. Because a single drop of seawater contains as many as 1 million microorganisms, I also look at microbial functioning when assessing ecosystems. I am particularly passionate about assessing how physical drivers, ecological interactions (including those with the microbial community), and human activities combine to create the conditions present, including possible feedbacks for global change. My career goal is to engage students and the community in research that assesses how organisms and aquatic environments are interrelated, and how ecosystem functions are affected by the Anthropocene. My work thus far has involved a significant amount of modelling—which I can apply to many different research questions and study systems.

My research began in earnest in graduate school in waters on all sides of the Pacific and has continued through my postdoc off the coast of Southern California. I have projects that are ongoing and avenues for future research that I am hoping to start soon.

“If I could do it all over again, and relive my vision in the twenty-first century, I would be a microbial ecologist. Ten billion bacteria live in a gram of ordinary soil, a mere pinch held between thumb and forefinger. They represent thousands of species, almost none of which are known to science. Into that world I would go with the aid of modern microscopy and molecular analysis. I would cut my way through clonal forests sprawled across grains of sand, travel in an imagined submarine through drops of water proportionately the size of lakes, and track predators and prey in order to discover new life ways and alien food webs.” - E.O. Wilson, Naturalist, 1994

© Jesse Wilson (2020)