Sallie ("Penny") Chisholm is the McAfee Professor of Engineering at MIT, where she holds a joint appointment in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Biology. She is past Director of the MIT/Woods Hole Joint Program in Oceanography. She is a biological oceanographer, whose research areas span from Prochlorococcus genomics, to the ecology of marine planktonic food webs.

Her group participated in IRONEX ¾ unenclosed ocean fertilization experiments designed to help us understand the role of the oceans in past and future climate change. The results of these experiments have implications for human intervention in ocean fertility, and the sustainable use of ocean resources.

Dr. Chisholm is a Fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Academy of Microbiology, American Geophysical Union, and the International Ecology Institute. She is also the recipient of the Rosenstiel Award in Ocean Sciences, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

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