Ann Pearson
PVK Professor of Arts and Sciences
Murray and Martha Ross Professor of Environmental Sciences Head Tutor
Biogeochemistry Climate, Atmosphere, and Oceans Geobiology & Earth History
Outside professional activities


Ann Pearson is the Murray and Martha Ross Professor of Environmental Sciences. Her research focuses on applications of analytical chemistry, isotope geochemistry, and molecular biology to biochemical oceanography and Earth history. Through study of the “how, when, and why” of microbial processes, her work yields insight about environmental conditions on Earth today, in the past, and about potential human impacts on our future. Recent projects have focused on the carbon and nitrogen cycles and on pathways of lipid biosynthesis. Pearson received a Fellowship for Science and Engineering from the David and Lucille Packard Foundation in 2004, a Radcliffe Institute Fellowship in 2009, and was named a Marine Microbiology Initiative Investigator of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation in 2012. She holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Oceanography from the MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography, where she was awarded the C. G. Rossby Award for Best Dissertation in the Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate; and a B.A. in Chemistry from Oberlin College. Research Group Coordinator: Priya Putta
Biogeochemistry <> Geobiology & Earth History <> Climate, Atmosphere, and Oceans

Outside professional activities

Outside Professional Activities

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Outside Professional Activities For Ann Pearson
Molecular Isotope Technologies/Nature's Fingerprint, LLC
Molecular Isotope Technologies/Nature's Fingerprint, LLC
Editorial Services
Molecular Isotope Technologies/Nature's Fingerprint, LLC
Fiduciary Board Membership
Molecular Isotope Technologies/Nature's Fingerprint, LLC
Membership on a scientific or other advisory board

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