Erik is a microbial ecologist who was a member of the scientific community in Woods Hole, USA from 1985 till 2017 when he joined NIOZ. From 1985-1994 he was a member of the Biology Department at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution where he worked primarily on open ocean picoplankton using flow cytometry. From 1994-2016 he taught and did research at SEA Education Association, as Science Coordinator, Professor, and Associate Dean. It was during research cruises with undergraduate students on the SEA sailing research vessels that he first became interested in plastic marine debris, and particularly the role of microbial biofilms on the fate of plastic in aquatic systems. Erik has participated on over 60 research cruises collecting oceanographic data including plastic marine debris in the Pacific, Atlantic, Caribbean, and Mediterranean. His research for the last 20 years has been facilitated by students and citizen scientists, and whenever possible, he escapes from his computer to work and teach in the field. Most recently he has taught summer courses in oceanography at Shoals Marine Laboratory in Maine, USA, and island ecology at University of the Azores, on the island of São Miguel.
B.S., Biology, Allegheny College, Meadville, PA (USA)
M.Sc., Biology, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada
Ph.D., Microbial Ecology, Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain
2017 De Tender, C., C. Schlundt, L. I. Devriese, T. J. Mincer, E. R. Zettler, and L. A. Amaral Zettler. A review of microscopy and comparative molecular based methods to characterize “Plastisphere” communities. Anal. Methods. 9: 2132 - 2143, DOI: 10.1039/C7AY00260B
2017 Zettler, E. R., H. Takada, B. Monteleone, N. Mallos, M. Eriksen and L. A. Amaral-Zettler. Incorporating citizen science to study plastics in the environment. Anal. Methods, 9:1392 – 1403, DOI: 10.1039/C6AY02716D
2016 Amaral-Zettler, L. A., Dragone, N., Schell, J., Murphy, L.G., Slikas, B., Morrall, C. E., Zettler, E. R. Comparative mitochondrial and chloroplast genomics of a genetically distinct form of Sargassum contributing to recent "Golden Tides" in the Western Atlantic. Ecology and Evolution, 7: 516–525. doi: 10.1002/ece3.2630.
2015 Deary, A.L., S. Moret-Ferguson, M. Engels, E. Zettler, G. Jaroslow, and G.Sancho. Influence of Central Pacific oceanographic conditions on the potential vertical habitat of four tropical tuna species. Pacific Science 69(4): 461–475, doi:10.2984/69.4.3
2014 Engels, M., L. Correia, S. Piwinski, L. Cheng, and E. Zettler. Seasonal and decadal changes in distribution patterns of Halobates (Hemiptera: Gerridae) populations in the eastern tropical Pacific. Marine Biology.: DOI: 10.1007/s00227-014-2414-x
2013 Zettler, E.R., T.J. Mincer, and L.A. Amaral-Zettler. Life in the “Plastisphere”: Microbial communities on plastic marine debris. Env.Sci.&Tech.: DOI: 10.1021/es401288x