Mariela Brooks has a background in oceanography and marine chemistry, stable isotope research, and analytical chemistry. She works in the Recruitment, Energetics and Coastal Assessment (RECA) program focusing on stable isotope analysis and examining biogeochemical drivers of marine fisheries and trophic ecology, as well as exploring new analysis techniques and method development.
She received a B.S. in Physics from Portland State University, and studied marine chemistry at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD where she received both her M.S. in Earth Sciences and Ph.D. in Oceanography. Throughout her career, she has worked on research that includes exploring atmospheric chemistry in the Pacific Northwest, methyl halides in the Florida Everglades, and open-ocean time-series measurements of inorganic carbon chemistry and stable carbon isotopes. Prior to joining the Alaska Fisheries Science Center and RECA, Mariela most recently worked as a postdoc with Allison Bidlack at the University of Alaska Southeast investigating the marine carbon cycle and the impacts of freshwater discharge from glacial and non-glacial watersheds on nearshore ecosystems in Southeast Alaska.
Outside of her research, Mariela enjoys packrafting, climbing, sea-kayaking, surfing, and being in the backcountry whenever possible.