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Peter Girguis

Board Member

Peter Girguis is a Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. Professor Girguis received his B.Sc. from UCLA, his Ph.D. from the UC Santa Barbara, and was a Packard Postdoctoral Fellow at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. He joined the Harvard University faculty in 2005. He has been a member of the Harvard faculty ever since, serving as a Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, as well as Co-Director of the Harvard Microbial Sciences Initiative.

Broadly speaking, Professor Girguis studies how animals and microbes have evolved to thrive in their particular environments and, in turn, how their metabolic activities shape those environments. He also develops novel “open-access” instruments such as underwater mass spectrometers and microbial samplers, for use on human-occupied, robotic, and autonomous vehicles in the deep sea. He also strives to make these tools available to the broader research community, including scientists at institutions of lesser means, with the goal of furthering scientific capabilities around the world.

Professor Girguis was a Distinguished Lecturer for the National Science Foundation’s RIDGE program, a Merck Co. Innovative Research Awardee, and two-term chair of the National Deep Submergence Science Committee. He serves on several notable boards, including the Ocean Exploration Trust and the Schmidt Marine Technology Partners. He has authored or co-authored over 115 publications, and his honors include the 2007 and 2011 Lindbergh Foundation Award for Science & Sustainability, the 2018 Lowell Thomas Award for groundbreaking advances in Marine Science and Technology, and the 2020 Petra Shattuck Award for Distinguished Teaching. He was recently named a Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Investigator for his research on marine symbioses.


Peter Girguis
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