Anthony Vastano

Graduate Student

71 Dudley Rd
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Room 303F
Olaf's Lab
Mongolian-American Aquatic Ecology Research Initiative
Estuarine Mind
Road Trip 50

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Research Interests

I am particularly interested in biodiversity, species interactions, and the flow of energy through ecosystems. I am currently pursuing a Masters degree under Dr. Olaf Jensen and Dr. Ken Able, working on growth and ageing of gulf killifish to help other researchers better understand the effects of the BP Deep Horizon Oil Spill. We use fluorescent dye to mark the ear bones (otoliths) of hundreds of fish at a time and release them into the estuary, only to recapture them months later to see how quickly they are growing and how long they live (many fish leave “rings” in their otoliths and scales, much like the rings of a tree trunk).

Short History

Born and raised in Piscataway, NJ, Rutgers is basically in my backyard. I was the kid that took everything apart to figure out how it worked, so science always seemed to be in my future. I take a very interdisciplinary approach to understanding the universe, so marine science was the perfect match. In my free time I enjoy photography, taking ridiculously long road trips, and fiddling with my reef aquarium.


  • 2012, BS, Marine Sciences & Biology, Rutgers University
  • Since 2014 - MS Candidate, Graduate Program in Oceanography, Rutgers University