Research Team

All WET Labs products and services are backed by cutting edge research and development. We provide the technology and expertise to meet the acquatic sciences needs of the 21st century.

Andrew Barnard, Ph.D., is Vice President of Research and Development. His background and interests are in physical/biological interactions in the euphotic zone, coastal ocean observing systems, inherent optical properties and relationships to biogeochemical variability, remote sensing, radiative transfer, interactions between the oceanic and terrestrial environments.

Corey Koch, Ph.D., Research Associate, has a background in analytical chemistry with a focus on in-situ sensor development, miniaturization, and environmental chemistry. His interests lie in biogeochemistry, oil spill science & sensors, fate and transport of pollutants, microfluidics, reagent chemistry, spectroscopy, and instrument design.

Cristina Orrico, Engineering Manager and Senior Research Associate, received her B.S. from Rutgers University and M.S. in Biological Sciences from California Polytechnic State University. Her research interests are in biological oceanography, focused on bioluminescence, phytoplankton ecology, phytoplankton physiology, and the design of novel optical and biogeochemical instrumentation to investigate the community composition in optically complex coastal waters.

James Sullivan, Department of Research, received his M.S. and Ph. D. in Biology from the University of Rhode Island, Graduate School of Oceanography. His research interests are in oceanographic instrument development and autonomous sampling platforms, ocean optics and sources of optical backscattering, understanding the biological and physical mechanisms that control the spatial-temporal distribution of optical fine-structure and phytoplankton populations in coastal oceans, and biophysical responses of phytoplankton to small-scale turbulence and shear.

Michael Twardowski, received his B.S. from Trinity University and Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island, Graduate School of Oceanography. His research interests are inherent and apparent optical properties, relationships between particles and optical properties, the design of optical instrumentation, and using optical sensing techniques such as backscattering and remote sensing as proxies to investigate the biogeochemistry of natural waters.

Ian Walsh, Ph. D.,  Director of Research, Ocean Business Unit, received his B.S. from Case Institute of Technology at Case Western Reserve University, M.S., from the College of Oceanography at Oregon State University, and Ph.D. from Texas A&M University. His research interests are particle dynamics, including the use of the particle field to understand basic biogeochemical processes and the influence of physical forcing on those processes, carbon fluxes and fates including predictive modeling and the development of imaging tools (hardware and software) for in-situ measurements of particle abundance and size distribution.

Ron Zaneveld, Ph.D., Director of Research and Founder of WET Labs, Inc., received his B.S. in Physics from Old Dominion University, M.S. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Ph.D in Oceanography from Oregon State Univeristy. His research and background is in the theory of radiative transfer, visibility, relationship of inherent and apparent optical properties, relationship of particle characteristics, and design of optical instrumentation.