Jackie Specht

Graduate Student

71 Dudley Rd
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Room 114B
Fuchs Lab

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Research Interests

My research interests focus on the ecological impacts and drivers of changing gelatinous zooplankton populations.

Short History

I began pursuing my interest in marine ecology following my freshman year of college with an internship at the New England Aquarium. Working in the American Lobster Research Program, I had the opportunity to design an experiment examining the impact of invasive crab species on postlarvae settlement. From there, I have had opportunities assisting with research at the University of Tasmania, examining the impact of invasive crab species, University of New Hampshire, examining the predatory impacts of horseshoe crabs, Cape Ann Whale Watch, studying whale behavior, and Northeastern University, researching seagrass ecology and transplantation success. Each of these opportunities only increased my enthusiasm for the field and led me to pursue a graduate degree in marine ecology at Rutgers.


  • 2012, B.A., Biology w/ an Art Minor, Hamilton College
  • since 2014 – MS Candidate, Graduate Program in Oceanography, Rutgers University