Portrait of Virginia Armbrust

Virginia Armbrust

Professor

Oceanography

A biological oceanographer, Virginia Armbrust and her lab combine lab- and field-based techniques to study diatoms, a type of plankton. She works from the level of the cell all the way up to the community scale to understand how these organisms both shape and are shaped by their environmental conditions. She has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Microbiology, and the Washington State Academy of Science, and has twice been named a Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Marine Microbiology Investigator.