DMCS is encouraging curiosity and sparking discovery of the marine environment

Our faculty and students engage in activities to broaden the impact of DMCS research and help make NJ and the world a better place.  We are committed to working with communities to share knowledge and tackle environmental problems about the marine ecosystem.

Dr. Nicole Fahrenfeld and Dr. Robert Chant

Dr. Nicole Fahrenfeld of the civil and environmental engineering faculty at Rutgers, and Dr. Robert Chant, a faculty member in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, have teamed up with Kraig Alan Williams of the Music Department at Mason Gross School of the Arts to produce a multimedia concert event, Deep Blue: The Beauty of Our Water WorldThe multimedia experience blends live music, video, still photography, lighting, live commentary from Bob and Nicole on their research, and other elements to communicate the dangers of microplastics in our waterways.  This project is helping the public understand on-going research on microplastics and its impacts on our health and that of the environment.

Aviva Lerman

My name is Aviva Lerman and I am a senior undergraduate Directed Marine Studies major.  Along with my major studies, I also minor in Microbiology and Science Communications.  I am from Cherry Hill, New Jersey. From 2020, I have worked with Professor Saba and Emily Slesinger where I researched spawning dynamics of black sea bass in the Mid Atlantic.  I participated in developing the best methodology for manually counting and sorting oocytes by developmental stage. Currently, I am working with Professor Bidle on viruses, aggregates and understanding the carbon cycle.

This summer, I was an educator at New Logic Marine Science Camp.  Each week we taught a group of 20 K-8 campers about marine science, including marine biology, physics, chemistry, and coastal preservation.  It was so rewarding to instill in the campers a strong sense of ocean stewardship.  Some of my favorite highlights from our seine catches include seahorses, pipefish, and pufferfish!  On my last day of work, we saw a juvenile green sea turtle that had wound up in Blackberry Bay.