NameGraduate Program EmailPhoneAdvisorRoom
acquafredda1sm Michael Acquafredda Ecology & Evolution   Munroe 304
  Ananya Agarwal Biochemistry & Microbiology   Falkowski 318B
  Dina Al-Roumi Microbiology 848-932-3448  Bidle 305D
  Erica Ashe Statistics     Kopp  
  Sarah Borsetti Ecology & Evolution   Munroe  
 brown1sm Mike Brown   Oceanography 848-932-3410 Schofield 303E
caracappa1sm Joseph Caracappa Oceanography 848-932-3452 Munroe 205A
  Katrina Catalano Ecology & Evolution   Pinsky  
chen2sm  Zhuomin Chen Oceanography   732-543-6408 Curchitser ENR 201 
  Kuan Yo Cheong Plant Sciences   Falkowski  
clementi  Vincent Clementi Oceanography   Sikes 114A
duzinski3sm  Phil Duzinski Oceanography 215-685-4876  Chant  
free1sm  Chris Free Oceanography   Jensen 309F
  Abigail Golden Ecology & Evolution   Jensen  
grosche1sm  Ashley Grosche Microbiology   Vetriani 204A
hoey1sm  Jennifer Hoey Ecology & Evolution   Pinsky ENR 139
hong1sm  Isabel Hong Oceanography 848-932-3412 Horton 205D
jelen1sm  Ben Jelen Environmental Sci.   Falkowski 318A
Christopher Johns Christopher Johns Oceanography   Bidle 305E
Stanley Ko Stanley Ko Oceanography 848-932-3405  Sherrell 211F
anderson1sm Amy Kuzminov (Anderson) Oceanography 848-932-3492 Severmann 303E
laber2sm  Christien Laber Oceanography 848-932-3448 Bidle 305D
li1sm  Cui Li visiting 856-785-0074 Guo HSRL
  Winnie Liu Earth & Planetary Sci. 848-932-3438  Falkowski 318B
lopez2sm  Alexander G. López Oceanography 848-932-3365 Wilkin 214B
mccrary1sm  Marie McCrary Oceanography   Miller  
jmorson1  Jason Morson Ecology & Evolution   Munroe HSRL
Schuyler Nardelli Schuyler Nardelli Oceanography   Schofield 304
pareja2sm  Luis Fernando Pareja Oceanography 848-932-3364 Chant 214A
patwardhan2sm  Sushmita Patwardhan Oceanography 848-932-3389 Vetriani 204A
schieler1sm  Brittany Schieler Oceanography 848-932-3448 Bidle 305D
lietzke1sm  Sarah Lietzke (Sexton) Oceanography   Haidvogel 214A
Jon Sherman Jonathan Sherman Oceanography 848-932-3439  Adams/Falkowski 318A
Emily Slesinger Emily Slesinger Oceanography   Saba 309D
valenti1sm  Jessica Valenti Oceanography 609-296-5260 ex252 Able / Grothues RUMFS
walker4sm  Jennifer Walker Oceanography 848-932-3412 Horton 205E
wang2sm  Chuning Wang Oceanography  848-932-3364 Chant
watkins Clifford Watkins Oceanography 848-932-3293  Glenn 103I
watkins Elizabeth-Wright Fairbanks Oceanography   Saba 304

Previous Graduates

anagnostousm  Eleni Anagnostou  Ph.D  2011 
aristizabalsm  Maria Aristizabal  Ph.D  2013 
babilasm  Tali Babila  Ph.D  2014 
carvalho1sm Filipa Carvalho Ph.D. 2017
carvalho1sm Nicole Couto Ph.D. 2017
coleman  Kaycee Coleman  M.S.  2014 
crum  Kevin Crum  M.S.  2014 
diamond  Elizabeth Diamond  M.S.  2012 
esswein  Katherine Esswein  M.S.  2012 
flanagan2sm Patrick Flanagan M.S. 2017
fleming1sm Naomi Fleming Ph.D. 2017
gula  Rachel Gula Ph.D 2017 
guo  Dove Guo  M.S.  2012 
harazin  Katie Harazin  M.S.  2012 
hermes  Anna Hermes  M.S.  2013 
jurisa  Joe Jurisa  Ph.D  2012 
kalansky  Julie Kalansky  Ph.D  2014 
korotky  Kate Korotky  M.S.  2011 
mcsweeney1sm Jacqueline McSweeney Ph.D. 2017
miles  Travis Miles  Ph.D  2014 
nickerson1sm Katherine Nickerson M.S. 2017
provost  Mikaela Provost  M.S.  2013 
schiraldi  Benedetto Schiraldi Jr.  M.S.  2013 
seroka2sm Greg Seroka Ph.D. 2017
seyler  Lauren Seyler  Ph.D  2015 
specht  Jaclyn Specht  M.S.  2017 
tabatabai1sm Seyed Aboozar Tabatabai Ph.D. 2017
vastano2sm Anthony Vastano M.S. 2017
waite1sm  Nicole Waite  M.S.  2015 
weisel  Lauren Weisel  M.S.  2015 
yixu  Yi Xu  Ph.D  2013 
yergey  Matthew Yergey  M.S.  2012 
xug  Guangyu Xu  Ph.D  2015 
zhang  Xinzhong (Peter) Zhang  Ph.D  2014 



Graduate Students

Mourning the passing of our leader, mentor and friend Fred Grassle

It was a profound shock for Rutgers to learn that Fred Grassle had passed away. Fred was our leader, mentor, partner in adventures at sea, and most of all a great friend.  At marine sciences we have always called the marine science building the “home that Fred built”, and it is a home thanks to his warmth and generosity.  Without him and Judy, there would be no modern oceanography program at Rutgers.  Fred has touched countless people, and despite leading international global programs was always freely giving of his time.  Speaking for myself, he was one of my role models for being a scientist and more importantly being a good person.  This a loss for the world.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to Judy and their family.

Fred was extremely humble despite being one of the most decorated oceanographers in history.  He did his undergraduate studies at Yale University and graduate training at Duke University. After a Fulbright Fellowship at the University of Queensland he joined Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution conducting deep-sea research on soft-sediment and hydrothermal vent communities. Rutgers was able to convince Fred to come to New Jersey in late 1980’s and he was the founding Director of Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences.  He built a thriving community while maintaining his own research.  He was one of the originators of the international Census of Marine Life and installed the first science-dedicated electro-optical cable at Tuckerton which arguably was a catalyst for the modern ocean observing networks that are being built globally.  Scientifically, he was a pioneer leading to our understanding of the unique vent ecosystems near volcanic vents at the sea floor.  The discovery of these unique ecosystems were the first ecosystems found to be fueled by chemical energy from the Earth’s interior instead of sunlight.  He was honored by many awards including the Benjamin Franklin Medal, the Japan Prize, and the ASLO Lifetime Achievement Award.

Fred was a huge force in our lives that will not be filled. He will be missed and we are all profoundly sad.

Oscar Schofield
Chair of Marine and Coastal Sciences

Over the past week, I spent many quiet moments reflecting upon various aspects of the life of J. Frederick Grassle.

Fred was one of the true giants in the field of biological oceanography. My first encounter with this gentle giant was during the first biological expedition to deep-sea hydrothermal vents in 1979 on which Fred served as Chief Scientist. During this magical journey, each of the foremost authorities in their respective biological oceanographic fields ferociously vied for the few available precious dives in the submersible DSV Alvin. On December 3, 1979, instead of assigning one of his esteemed colleagues, Fred put down in Alvin a young post-doc and my life has never been the same since that day. As my father often remarked, the character of a man can be judged by how he treats those who can do nothing for him – and that young, wide-eyed post-doc on that magical mystery tour could certainly do nothing for Fred. I went down on that priceless journey to the bottom of the ocean with Howard Sanders – a National Academy member and father of the time-stability hypothesis concerning factors maintaining deep-sea benthic diversity... quite the tour guide for one’s first dive into the abyss.

Eight years after that memorable dive, I had the privilege of chairing the Planning and Search Committee for a new Rutgers Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences and its director. During the search process we received a letter from Howard Sanders addressed to our Executive Vice President T. Alexander Pond who, as all of us at the University at the time knew, literally called all of the shots. That letter was regarding J. Frederick Grassle, who Howard learned had been talked into applying for the Institute Director’s position. Without going into the specifics of the letter, let me simply say that the letter was extremely curt, bordering on irate, and stated in no uncertain terms to Alec Pond: “Don’t you dare steal this man away from Woods Hole unless you are unconditionally committed to creating one of the finest marine science programs in the country”.

To make a long story short, Rutgers was successful in stealing J. Frederick Grassle away from Woods Hole. The creation and growth of the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences that Fred directed for over the next 20 years, as well as the creation of the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences was, in the opinion of our own faculty here at Rutgers, as well as countless colleagues throughout the world., nothing short of miraculous. There is no doubt in the minds of those of us associated with the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences (IMCS) and the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences (DMCS). That Fred, in the span of two short decades, put together one of the finest marine science programs in the world. In recognition of this accomplished, Thomson Reuters in 2011 ranked Rutgers fourth in the world among oceanographic research programs.

How fortunate for us associated with IMCS and DMCS to have had at our helm for so many years a rare soul who devoted his life to creating and growing a scientific crown jewel … and, more importantly, nurturing everyone and everything around him …. Fred, as you rest in peace, we thank you for all you did for the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, for the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, for Rutgers University and for us your friends and colleagues.

Rich Lutz