Faculty - Sallie W. (Penny) Chisholm

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Sallie W. (Penny) Chisholm

Lee and Geraldine Martin Professor of Environmental Studies

Professor of Biology

Room 48-419
15 Vassar Street
Cambridge, MA, 02139

Telephone: 617.253.1771 Email: chisholm@mit.edu Research Website: http://chisholmlab.mit.edu/ Assistant: James Long / jmlong@mit.edu


  • B.A. 1969, Skidmore College
  • 1970, Cornell University
  • Ph.D. 1974, S.U.N.Y. Albany

Research Interests

  • General areas
    • Biological oceanography
    • Microbial ecology
    • Ecological Genomics
  • Current interests
    • Ecology, evolution, and comparative genomics of marine cyanobacteria and viruses that infect them
    • The ecological and policy dimensions of large-scale ocean fertilization

Teaching Interests

  • Ecology
  • Microbial Oceanography

Awards and Honors

  • 2013 Ramon Margalef Prize in Ecology, Government of Catalonia, Spain
  • 2013 Resident Scholar - Bellagio Conference and Study Center, Italy
  • 2013 Awarded 2011 National Medal of Science, the White House
  • 2013 Elected Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • 2012 Elected Fellow, Ecological Society of America
  • 2012 Ruth Patrick Award, American Society of Limnology and Oceanogra