Peter Thompson is a Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellow at the National Academies assisting with ongoing work with the Ocean Studies Board. He received his Ph.D. in Behavior, Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics from the University of Maryland where he used population genetics to study the natural history, dispersal, and deep evolutionary history of a single-celled parasite that is interfering with efforts to restore oyster populations in the Chesapeake Bay. Prior to enrolling in graduate school, Dr. Thompson was a research technician for ten years with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration where he studied virus-cell interactions and the development of novel hepatitis vaccines.
Christopher Prosser is a Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellow at the National Academies assisting with ongoing work with the Ocean Studies Board. He received his Ph.D. in marine science from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary, where he investigated multiple stressor interactions between toxicants and bacterial pathogens in the zebrafish (Danio rerio). Prior to his dissertation studies, Dr. Prosser received a Masters in Environmental Management from Duke University and Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Marine Science from Coastal Carolina University.