Maitreyi Nagarkar

Course Title: Scripps Institution of Oceanography: The Invisible Life in the Oceans: Introduction to Marine Microbiology

Maitreyi Nagarkar is a Ph.D. Candidate at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, where she is studying temporal dynamics of microbial communities and the role of marine parasites. She is passionate about outreach - she has served as a coordinator for Scripps outreach efforts and sits on the board of Service Education Adventure, an environmental education nonprofit.

  • BS in Biology, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia
  • PhD Candidate, Marine Biology, University of California, San Diego (in process)

At the University of California, San Diego, Maitreyi was a teaching assistant for Environmental Biology (ESYS 101). She has worked as a camp counselor for Camp Easter Seals in Virginia, as well as a substitute teacher in Fairfax County Public Schools. While in Washington, Megan has taught science and environmental courses at Service Education Adventure, as well as working with with Americorps, Girl Scouts of Western Washington and the Relationships in Science Education (RISE) Program at Edmonds Community College.

Bauman, S.J., M.T. Costa, M.B. Fong, B.M. House, E.M. Perez, M.H. Tan, A.E. Thornton, …M. Nagarkar,…and P.J.S. Franks. 2014. Augmenting the biological pump: The shortcomings of geoengineered upwelling. Oceanography 27(3):17–23,

Huyck, R., Nagarkar, M., Olsen, N., Clamons, S. E., and Saha, M. S. (2014) “Methylmercury Exposure during Early Xenopus laevis Development Affects Cell Proliferation and Death but not Neural Progenitor Specification.” In review.

Lewis, B. B., Wester, M. R., Miller, L. M., Nagarkar, M. D., Johnson, M. B., and Saha, M. S. (2009) “Cloning and Characterization of Voltage-Gated Calcium Channel Alpha1 Subunits in Xenopus laevis during Development.” Developmental Dynamics, 238:2891–2902.

International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant, Nova Scotia Oral presentation: The Effects of Methylmercury  Exposure on Neural Gene Expression in an Amphibian Model System(2011)

Undergraduate Science Symposium, College of William & Mary, VA: Oral presentation: Effects of Methylmercury Exposure on Neural Development in X. laevis and Planaria (2011)

Society for Developmental Biology (SDB) Conference, Albuqurque NM: Poster presentation: Effects of methylmercury exposure on neural development in X. laevis (2010)

Morphogenesis and Regenerative Medicine Symposium, Charlottesville VA: Poster presentation: Cloning and Characterization of Voltage-Gated Calcium Channel Alpha1 Subunits in X. laevis during development (2010)