Oscar M.E. Schofield, is a distinguished professor and the chair of the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. He is interested in how plankton dynamics structure marine food webs and feedback on the ocean’s biogeochemistry. His research focus has combined genetics and biochemistry with the development of new ocean observing technologies (satellites, radars, and autonomous underwater vehicles). He is co-director and co-founder of the Coastal Ocean Observation Laboratory, which has been awarded and managed numerous competitive awards from NOAA, Office of Naval Research, Department of Homeland Security,NASA and the National Science Foundation. Dr. Schofield’s research efforts have focused on polar and temperate waters with extensive efforts in the Southern Ocean, with ongoing research along the West Antarctic Peninsula and the Ross and Amundsen Seas. He completed his BA and PhD in Biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.