Debbie Steinberg received her Ph.D. in Biology from the University of California Santa Cruz in 1993. Before going to the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) in 2001 she spent five years as a resident Research Scientist at BIOS doing research on zooplankton ecology and coordinating the Bermuda Atlantic Time-series Study. Her research interests are in zooplankton ecology and biogeochemical cycling, coastal and deep-sea food webs, and using long-term data sets to study the effects of climate change on zooplankton communities. Recent and current research projects include the ecology of gelatinous zooplankton "blooms" and their affect on fluxes of organic matter in Chesapeake Bay and the Sargasso Sea, long-term ecological research west of the Antarctic Peninsula, and zooplankton and nutrient cycling in the Amazon River plume. She has been a member of the BIOS Board of Trustees since 2005.