Michael F. Vardaro

Data Manager for OOI program

848-932-9709
61 Dudley Rd
New Brunswick, NJ 08901  
Full CV

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Research Interests

Research Interests: I have experience in benthic invertebrate biology and ecology, deep-sea field research, and various remote observation techniques. Specifically, I have designed and deployed photographic and oceanographic instrumentation in the Gulf of Mexico, Northeastern Pacific, and Southeastern Atlantic oceans to study the links between surface productivity, carbon flux, and deep benthic populations, and how such systems change over time. I am greatly interested in extending my research to take advantage of the benefits provided by ocean observatories, and studying the effects of climate change on seafloor invertebrates from the coast to the deep sea. I currently work as the Data Manager for the NSF-funded Ocean Observatories Initiative, managing a team of four data evaluators to monitor and quality-control the large and diverse oceanographic datasets produced by the project.

Short History

I have a MS in Oceanography from Texas A&M, and a Ph.D. in Marine Biology from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, specializing in deep-sea biogeochemistry, remote sensing, climate variability, and surface-to-seafloor connectivity. I have worked with the Ocean Observatories Initiative since 2011; four years as a Project Scientist focusing on designing, testing, and deploying the Endurance Array off the coast of Oregon and Washington, and currently as the Data Manager at Rutgers, working with the Cyberinfrastructure (CI) team on monitoring and evaluating data to create quality-controlled data streams for the OOI user community. Prior to working with the OOI, I designed and deployed photographic and oceanographic instrumentation in the Gulf of Mexico, Northeastern Pacific, and Southeastern Atlantic oceans to study the links between surface productivity, carbon flux, and deep benthic populations, and how such systems change over time.