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To contact us, please reach out with the emails below. To set up a meeting with the first available JP REFS, email

Shawnee Traylor

I grew up on the West Coast and am persistently attempting to assimilate into the Northeast. I'm into putting robots underwater to study how carbon cycles between the ocean and atmosphere. When I'm not at work, I will do just about anything to be outside: hiking, sailing, climbing, etc. Extra points if it's cold. I believe that grad school can and should be enjoyable, and am happy to help you find the support you need to accomplish that!

Mira Santos

I'm from the Philippines, but I grew up in San Diego, CA. I'm trying to understand how planktonic communities might respond to climate change on the Northeast U.S. Shelf. I enjoy being outside - hiking, camping, skiing, frisbeeing, climbing, slacklining - and cooking elaborate meals for my friends. I host occasional jam sessions and dinners at my co-op in Cambridgeport (ask me personally if you would like to join in). I'm happy to chat about pursuing mental wellbeing together and how we might cope with all the stress and challenges life can throw at us.



Jonas Kaare-Rasmussen

I grew up exploring the mountainous Southwest. As a student, I use isotopes to understand how the Earth works. I work on a range of problems, from how chemical exchange occurs across the core-mantle boundary, to why rocks melt during Himalayan-scale mountain-building events, to tracking sponges through the subduction cycle. If I am not in my office,  I am probably in the mountains, hiking, climbing, skiing, or running. Although I think grad school is difficult everywhere, the JP has a unique set of challenges that can feel isolating. I am always happy to chat and assist in making your time in this program enjoyable and uplifting!


Avery Fulford

Hi all! I'm a Bio Oce student from Seattle. At WHOI, I study microbial communities at deep-sea hydrothermal vents to inform the search for life in similar conditions on other worlds, particularly moons of Saturn and Jupiter. I'm into crafting, kickboxing, and cooking for friends. I began volunteering at a crisis hotline when I was in high school and quickly realized how impactful a listening ear can be. Please reach out to me if I can support you in any way—whether it's finding the right resource for you or just being there to listen, I'd love to be there for you.