Phytoplankton Ecology

Stephanie Lear

Stephanie Lear

Staff Biologist

Before coming to Mote, Stephanie interned across the country at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and completed post-baccalaureate classes in the interim. She landed an internship opportunity with Mote Marine’s Phytoplankton Ecology program in the summer of 2013 and shortly after joined the team. Stephanie is responsible for laboratory pigment analysis and composition via high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). She assists with fieldwork for Red Tide research in the Gulf of Mexico, surrounding estuaries and has used GIS to contribute data representations utilizing data collected for this research.  In addition to field work, she provides assistance with identification of specimens for experiments or analysis, operation of scientific equipment, execution of laboratory experiments, training and operation of laboratory equipment including Flow-CAM, Coulter counter and spectrophotometer; and training in the microscopic identification and enumeration of Karenia brevis and other phytoplankton.


B.S. in Biology with a Concentration in Environmental Science from Montclair State University, with a minor in Chemistry.