Stephanie Dutkiewicz’s research interests lie at the intersection of the marine ecosystem and the physical and biogeochemical environment. Her research examines how the physics and chemistry of the ocean determines phytoplankton biogeography, and how in turn those organisms affect their environment. A particular interest is in how the interactions of these components of the earth system will change in a warming world. To advance this research she is involved in developing and using complex numerical models and simple theoretical frameworks, guided by laboratory, field and satellite observations. She in affiliated with the Center for Global Change Science and also works closely with Mick Follows as part of the Darwin Project.
Dutkiewicz, who has a Ph.D. from the University of Rhode Island (1997), has been at MIT since 1998. She became a Principal Research Scientist in 2012.