Jackie Veatch

Graduate Student

71 Dudley Rd
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Room 304

Jackie Veatch Jackie Veatch

Research Interests

Broadly, I am interested in using physics to solve complex biological problems. I hope to investigate how physical aspects of the ocean effect the dispersion of plankton through both field and simulation experiments. I am always looking to integrate mathematical models and ocean observation in a way that sheds light on the workings of trophic systems.

Short History

Growing up in the Boston area, I was always fascinated by math and physics. I got my first taste for research at an internship with Cell Signaling Technology where I worked in antibody production and have been hooked ever since. While pursuing a BS in Biophysics at the George Washington University I worked as a laboratory assistant in the Immunology Department breeding and genotyping mice for parasite testing. After spending a few summers in the woods of northern Maine as a wilderness guide, I decided to combine my love for research and the outdoors. I somehow convinced the GW Coastal Ecology lab to take on their first physics student and it was there that I conducted my undergraduate thesis. I was able to help out with a wide variety of field and greenhouse experiments as well and discover my passion for using ocean observing and mathematical tools to expand our understanding of ocean dynamics. Outside of work, you can find me kayaking, hiking, coaching cheerleading, or on the hunt for the best buttermilk pancakes.


  • 2019, B.S. Biophysics, The George Washington University
  • 2019-Present, PhD Student, Graduate Program in Oceanography, Rutgers University