Jacqueline McSweeney

Graduate Student

71 Dudley Rd
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Room 111F
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Research Interests

The complex dynamics of the ocean fascinate me, and I love studying the interactions between the physics, chemistry, and biology of a system. My research focuses on the dynamics of estuarine circulation and sediment transport, including how sediment resuspension in estuarine environments impacts optics and primary productivity. My primary study area is the Delaware River and Bay Estuary, and I have been involved in a cooperative observational field campaign there. Using survey data, observations from moorings, and a Regional Ocean Modeling System (ROMS) model, I am investigating Delaware’s sediment regime.

Short History

I was born and raised in the sunshine of Southern California and have spent the last 4 years becoming acquainted with the offerings of the East Coast (including snow storms and Nathan’s hot dogs!). As an undergraduate, my research primarily focused on organic chemistry, and I was involved with the synthesis, analysis and molecular modeling of G-quadruplexes. In 2010, I was introduced to the field of physical oceanography through the RIOS REU internship at Rutgers. I studied the light-limiting role of sediment and its relationship to phytoplankton productivity in the Delaware Estuary, a topic I decided to delve deeper into through my graduate studies. I love getting out on the water and being involved with data collection, and I embrace every opportunity to do so. Fieldwork is one of the highlights of my job. :) I am grateful to be a part of such an internationally collaborative research community and to study something I love!


  • 2011, BA, Spanish, Loyola Marymount University
  • 2011, BS, Chemistry, Loyola Marymount University
  • since 2011 - PhD Candidate, Graduate Program in Oceanography, Rutgers University