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Holly Moeller
Seeing Green
About Holly I'm a graduate student in Ecology and Evolution at Stanford University, where I study ecosystem metabolics and function. In particular, I'm interested in how changes to plant and animal communities (especially driven by human activity) affect earth system processes like nutrient cycling and water purificiation.

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I studied Chemistry and Biology as an undergrad at Rutgers University, where I began writing "Seeing Green" for The Daily Targum, the Rutgers student-run newspaper. I've also written opinion columns on environmental and energy issues for MIT's newspaper, The Tech, while I was working on my Masters degree in Biological Oceanography.

My scientific career began with a bioenergetic study of the marine ciliate Myrionecta rubra -- this cool critter co-opts its prey's chloroplasts to become one of the most efficient photosynthesizers in the ocean. I've also done field work in Juneau, Alaska, to explore the effects of deglaciation on freshwater streams,and researched the Antarctic food web. Today, I use ecological models to provide an economic justification for establishing marine reserves.

I believe it's our job as scientists to bridge the ever-widening gap between cutting-edge research and public information. When we're caught up chasing our latest theory, it's easy to forget that our first responsibility is to the taxpayers who fund much of our research -- and that means we have to be great communicators. I'm thrilled to be a part of a blogging community that embraces this fundamental part of our lives as scientists.

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