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Mary Woo


Mary Woo recently completed a postdoctoral position at UC Irvine where she developed a method for carbon-dating methane released from thawing artic soils.

Prior to this position, Mary was involved with NOAA’s National Resource Damage Assessment of the Deepwater Horizon disaster during several research cruises in the Gulf of Mexico. For her Ph.D. work, Mary studied bacteria in the ocean that consume methane, and use the methane as their source of food and energy. Her work involved developing a new method for measuring the rate at which these bacteria consume methane.

Mary Woo graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Chemistry degree in 2005, and completed her PhD in Earth System Science at the University of California, Irvine in 2011.


Mary participated in the following Ocean Exploration Trust expeditions: