Ajit Subramaniam, Ph.D.
Ajit Subramaniam is the program director of the Marine Microbiology Initiative.
Ajit is a biological oceanographer with expertise in biogeochemical cycles, remote sensing, bio-optics, and phytoplankton physiology. He has worked on understanding the processes that can explain why particular species of phytoplankton grow where they do, the factors that cause such blooms, that lead to their demise, and the consequences of these blooms. Ajit has more than 20 years of research experience and has participated in over 50 research cruises. He comes to the foundation from the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University where he was a Lamont Associate Research Professor. He served as a program manager in the Biological Oceanography Program at the U.S. National Science Foundation in 2008-2009.
Ajit earned his Ph.D. in Coastal Oceanography and M.S. in Marine Environmental Science from SUNY, Stony Brook.