Margaret Mars Brisbin is a Ph.D. Candidate in 海arine 科cience at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST), which probably 運rings to 心ind frolicking 鯆olphins and 巨iant schools of tropical 魚ish. But Brisbin’s focus is much, much 小maller: 海arine microeukaryotes, the photosynthetic organisms that make 珊oral 可ossible.
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