Laura Webster

Hollings Marine Laboratory
Key Species and Bioinformatics

Webster works with the Key Species and Bioinformatics Branch located in Charleston, SC. She studies the benefits that oysters provide when they extract nutrient loads from the water column.

Webster is a microbiologist and medical technologist who worked as a clinical microbiologist before joining NOAA in 1990. She has used traditional and molecular methods to study seafood safety and microbial water quality for most of her career. She also used molecular methods to identify various species of sharks. She studied the toxicity of chemicals and pollutants on corals.

Webster supports DEIA (diversity, inclusion, equity and accessibility) and employee wellness by promoting Federal DEIA Strategic Plan objectives and working with the NMFS Total Worker Wellness Program. She represents NCCOS on the NCCOS People Committee and on the NEDAC (NOS EEO Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council). She supports and empowers employees impacted by SASH (sexual assault-sexual harassment) as a credentialed victim advocate / Volunteer Assistance Liaison (VAL) with the Office of Workplace Violence Prevention and Response.


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