Personnel

Faculty

Grace Saba

Assistant Professor
Center for Ocean Observing Leadership
Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences
School of Environmental and Biological Sciences

848-932-3466
71 Dudley Rd,
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Room 316
Full CV
Two Page CV

Grace Saba
I initiate diverse, multidisciplinary projects in order to address both small-scale (individual organism) and large-scale (whole ecosystem) questions with ecological, physiological, and biogeochemical implications. My broad research interests are in the fields of coastal marine organismal ecology and physiology, with emphasis on how organisms interact with their environment (physical-biological coupling) and other organisms (food web dynamics and predator-prey interactions), how physiological processes impact biogeochemistry (nutrient cycling and carbon sequestration), and how climate change (i.e., ocean acidification, warming) impacts these processes. I apply multiple techniques and collaborate with physical/biological/chemical oceanographers and physiologists, molecular ecologists, fisheries scientists, ocean observers, and climate modelers. I employ an integrative, mechanistic approach and have strong laboratory and field components in my research.

Post-Doctoral Researchers

Corie Charpentier

Post-Doctoral Researcher
Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences

71 Dudley Rd,
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Corie Charpentier

Research Interests

I am interested in how the environment shapes the behavior and physiology of marine animals. Specifically, my research evaluates how light, climate, and other environmental parameters impact the swimming behavior, depth, and distribution of marine zooplankton and fish. I have two primary research foci. First, I aim to determine the impact of artificial light on zooplankton behavior in coastal ecosystems, selecting study sites along the New Jersey shoreline. Second, I will assess how zooplankton (krill, copepods) and silverfish respond to their environment in the Ross Sea, Antarctica. Zooplankton act as a critical food source for larger predators in marine ecosystems. Hence, changes in their distribution universally impact ocean ecology, from New Jersey to Antarctica.

Education

2012, B.S., Marine Science (High Honors), Eckerd College

2017, Ph.D., Marine Studies, University of Delaware

Publications

Charpentier, C.L., Wright, A.J., and Cohen, J.H. (2017) Fish kairomones induce spine elongation and reduce predation in marine crab larvae. Ecology 98: 1989-1995.

Charpentier, C.L. and Cohen, J.H. (2016) Acidification and γ-aminobutyric acid independently alter kairomone-induced behaviour. Royal Society Open Science 3: 160311.

Charpentier, C.L. and Cohen, J.H. (2015) Chemical cues from fish heighten visual sensitivity in larval crabs through changes in photoreceptor structure and function. Journal of Experimental Biology 218: 3381-3390.

Graduate Students

Emily Slesinger

Graduate Student
Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences

71 Dudley Rd,
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Emily Slesinger
I graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz in June 2015 with a B.S. in Marine Biology and a B.A. in Environmental Studies. Combined with my love for the ocean and passion to protect the environment, I want to focus my research interests on helping provide valuable research to better manage the populations of commercially important species. Currently, I am studying the physiological performance of black sea bass by measuring their aerobic scope under different temperatures based on climate change projection models. This project will likely become one chapter of my dissertation as well as a starting platform for more research questions and projects.

Elizabeth Wright-Fairbanks

Graduate Student
Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences

71 Dudley Rd,
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Emily Slesinger
Broadly, my research interests are the biological effects of climate change. I am interested in ascertaining how the many facets of climate change may alter population dynamics and the physiology of marine organisms. Currently, I am using Slocum Gliders to investigate pH on the east coast of the United States. I hope to use this data to better inform ocean acidification models and relate my findings to local fishery stock assessments.

Undergraduate Students

Rachael Young

Undergraduate Student
Marine Biology
Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences

Rachel Young
Currently as an undergraduate I am pursuing a degree in Marine Biology. Underlying my research ambitions are learning and connecting new information, applying the information to serve and protect the environment, and educating and inspiring people about our oceans. Specifically, my research interests are in biogeochemical cycles, food webs, fish physiology and how they interact with climate change. Previously, I’ve done research in biogeochemical cycling and the effects of colored dissolved organic matter on the optical properties of the water and phytoplankton community composition. After completing a doctorate in marine science, my main goal is to perform public or academic research in a marine science lab where the analyzed data will aid in future predictions about our oceans and protect the ecosystem. 

Previous Undergraduate Students

  • Bekah Lane, Emporia State University
  • Gabrielle Quadrado, Federal University of Rio Grande (Brazil)
  • Monisha Sugla, Rutgers
  • Oliver Ho, Rutgers
  • Ryan Fantasia, Rutgers
  • Grace Coogan, Occidental College
  • Emily Pirl, Rutgers
  • Amelia Snow, Rutgers
  • Miram Gleiber, Virginia Institute of Marine Science
  • Lori Garzio, Virginia Institute of Marine Science