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Early Career Research Fellow - Kelly Dorgan

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The National Academies of Sciences and Engineering Gulf Research Program (NASEM GRP)


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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine – Gulf Research Program (NASEM - GRP)

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NASEM Gulf Research Program Fellowships


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Education and Outreach

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Project Description

Dr. Dorgan is a senior marine scientist at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab and an assistant professor of marine sciences at the University of South Alabama. She received her B.S. in marine biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and her Ph.D. in oceanography from the University of Maine. As part of her dissertation research, she showed that worms extend burrows through muddy sediments by fracture, a result that was published in Nature and for which she was awarded the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography Lindeman Award. Dr. Dorgan’s research program aims to develop a mechanistic understanding of the ecological and biogeochemical processes occurring in marine sediments. She is specifically interested in animal-sediment interactions, including the mechanics of burrowing and feeding and the impacts of these activities on the physical structure of sediments.


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