Quarterly - Winter, 2013


Fred Grassle Named 2013 Japan Prize Laureate in the Field of "Biological Production and Biological Environment"

J. Frederick Grassle, professor emeritus and founding director of the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University will be awarded the 2013 Japan Prize in the field of "Biological Production and Biological Environment." Fred Grassle is being recognized for his contributions to "marine environmental conservation through research on ecology and biodiversity of deep-sea organisms." In his acceptance, Grassle said "I'm greatly honored to receive this prestigious award and am pleased to see my work on biodiversity recognized, but also to see recognition for the importance of ocean life." The Japan Prize is an international prize established in 1985 and is "awarded to scientists who are recognized as having accomplished original and outstanding achievements in science and technology and the promotion of peace and prosperity of mankind." Two fields of science and technology are designated for the award every year. Prof. C. Grant Wilson of the University of Texas, Austin and Prof. Jean M. J. Frécher of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology are the joint recipients of the award in "Materials and Production." The award ceremony will be held in Tokyo in April, and Dr. Paul Snelgrove, a former graduate student and professor at Memorial University will have the honor of accepting the award on Dr. Grassle's behalf. To read more click on links: Award Citation, The Japan Prize Foundation, "Research Into Deep-Sea Biodiversity and Chip-Making Processes Earns Japan Prizes" by Dennis Normile in Science, and Japan Prize Recognizes Rutgers Marine Scientist for Work that Helped Unlock Ocean's Mysteries, Rutgers News Release by Ken Branson.

Kay Bidle Receives Prestigious Moore Foundation Award

Kay Bidle, associate professor at the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University, has been selected to receive a Marine Microbiology Initiative Investigator Award from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Bidle is one of 16 scientists from 14 different institutions to receive a total of up to $35 million over five years to pursue pioneering research in the field of marine microbial ecology. "Too often, the most innovative scientists are hampered by funding that binds them to a solid, but conservative research agenda," explained Bruce Alberts, a Foundation board member and editor-in-chief of Science magazine. "These awards give scientists in marine microbiology the freedom and flexibility to take more risks, forge unusual collaborations and, ultimately, make noteworthy, new discoveries." Click here to read MOORE Foundation news release. "This type of commitment by the Moore Foundation to pursue and investigate novel and recreative ideas in marine microbiology is utterly unique and a wonderful way to stimulate progress in our field. These MMI awards give us license to explore and think outside the box in order to obtain a deeper understanding of microbes interact with each other and their environment and thrive in the oceans," said Bidle. "The Gordon and Betty Moore Award will be a wonderful addition to support the research at IMCS," said Rich Lutz, IMCS director. "It adds to the further development of a rich and important research program conducted by Kay Bidle, who is viewed as a dynamic and innovative leader at the Institute." To access the Rutgers news release click here.


Mike Kennish to Receive the 2013 Frank Oliver Environmental Award

The New Jersey Environmental Lobby will present the 2013 Frank Oliver Environmental Award to Mike Kennish. The award is presented annually by the New Jersey Environmental Lobby to individuals who: (1) have made significant contributions to the protection of New Jersey’s environment, natural resources, and public health; and (2) have records of courage and environmental leadership in the public or private sector. Mike is being recognized for his outstanding research on estuarine and coastal marine environments in the State and, most notably, his effort to improve the health and condition of the Barnegat Bay-Little Egg Harbor Estuary, one of New Jersey’s core natural resources. Previous award honorees include Governor Brendan Byrne, Senator Frank Lautenberg, State Senators Barbara Buono, Leonard Lance, Robert Martin, and Robert Smith; Assemblypersons John McKeon, Reed Gusciora, Linda Greenstein, Upendra Chivukula, and Connie Wagner; former Clinton Township Mayor Nick Corcodilos; Chester Township Mayor Willliam Cogger, and Essex County Executive Joseph DeVincenzo. The award presentation and reception will take place on Monday, April 22, in the Chancellor’s Suite, University Center, at Seton Hall University.

(Pictured left: Mike Kennish surveying marsh habitat along the shoreline of Barnegat Bay, New Jersey.)

Mongolian scientists, students, and park rangers come to Rutgers for fisheries science training

A group of five scientists, students, and park rangers came to Rutgers for a 10 day training program in fisheries science in early December 2012. The group, led by fish biologist Dr. B. Mendsaikhan (Mongolian Academy of Sciences), stayed at the Rutgers University Marine Field Station (RUMFS) in Tuckerton, NJ. They participated in trainings organized by graduate students in Oceanography (Mikaela Provost) and Ecology & Evolution (Talia Young and Orion Weldon), staff at RUMFS and IMCS (Jennifer Pincin, Chris Filosa, and Anthony Vastano) and IMCS postdocs Phil Neubauer and Paola Lopez-Duarte. The training program included: aging of fish using scales and otoliths (fish ear bones), analysis of fisheries data in R and ArcGIS, trophic ecology using chemical diet markers, and estuarine ecology. The Mongolian visitors also traveled with Olaf Jensen to Washington, DC where they met with staff from NSF and USAID, which funded this visit through the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) program. You can read more about Olaf Jensen's work with Mongolian taimen in the New York Times article "Protecting a 'Wolf' of a Salmon" by Kelly Slivka.

(Pictured left: Mongolian fish biologist Dr. B. Mendsaikhan (right) and her graduate student, Jargalmaa (left) collect data on a white perch captured in the Mullica River near the Rutgers University Marine Field Station.)

Grassle Marsh

In October 2012, the Cousteau Reserve and Ocean County Land Trust partnered to acquire a 15-acre pocket marsh adjacent to Great Bay Boulevard in Tuckerton. This had been a longstanding priority acquisition for many of us at IMCS. The pocket marsh as it has been commonly called, was dedicated to honor Fred and Judy Grassle for their significant contributions to coastal research, conservation and management. This designation was heartily endorsed by the Freeholders of Ocean County and NOAA, the agencies that provided the funding. Efforts are now underway to establish a remote monitoring/sampling capability in the marsh to support education programs sponsored by the Cousteau Reserve.

Pictured left is a copy of the sign that commemorates this special honor for Fred and Judy

Rutgers University Marine Field Station (RUMFS) Open House

The Rutgers University Marine Field Station opened its doors to the public for the annual open house on Saturday, September 15th. Over 350 people from as far away as California, Florida and Kansas attended and viewed numerous displays. Favorite subjects included blue crab research, touch tanks with live local animals, history and overview of the Station, fish identification, analysis of ear bones for age and growth, and autonomous underwater vehicles. New this year were signposts along the causeway identifying plants and animals in the marshes surrounding the Station. Attendees had the opportunity for face-to-face interactions with faculty, graduate students and technicians who are conducting research in New Jersey marine waters. Most of those attending were here for the first time, but some had attended this event as many as four times.


In Memoriam

Tom Kindre, a beloved, long-time member of our IMCS Board, founder of the Rutgers Oral History Archives, World War II veteran and Rutgers graduate of '42 passed away on September 11, 2012. A memorial service honoring Tom was held at Kirkpatrick Chapel on Sunday October 14 from 12:00noon to 1:30pm. Tom is survived by his wife, Marie Luckhurst; his son, John; daughter, Nancy Luckhurst and two grandchildren, Caroline and Diana. To read more about Tom and his many accomplishments click here.

Tom (right) marching in the Rutgers Alumni Parade during the Rutgers Reunion in 1999.

Meeting Attended

Annual Conference of the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE)

IMCS was an integral part of the Annual Conference of the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE), Jan. 15, 2013 - Jan. 17, 2013, held in Washington, DC entitled "Disasters and Environment: Science, Preparedness, and Resilience" and attended by key scientists, federal agencies and policy makers throughout the U.S .... as you can imagine, a primary focus of the conference was on actions taken before and during Sandy and what we now need to do based on what we learned from data obtained during the storm, much of which came directly from what were truly heroic efforts on the part of IMCS faculty, staff and students. A short film concerning IMCS's ongoing efforts in the face of disasters such Sandy, as well as other initiatives at the Institute focused on our "changing oceans", climate change, ocean acidification and sea level rise was put together for the NCSE conference and shown as part of a high-definition video loop that was played continuously during the conference on numerous monitors strategically placed in prominent "gathering spots". This 5-minute long film can be accessed by clicking on https://vimeo.com/57144034 and entering Password: Rutgers or it can be viewed on YouTube by clicking here.

Meetings and Presentations

  • Debjani Ghatak presented at the AGU fall meeting in San Francisco in Dec, 2012: Session# A21I-02. Title: Potential Impact of Water Vapor Feedback on Arctic Amplification Authors: Debjani Ghatak and James R. Miller
  • Jennifer Francis attended the following meetings: (1). AGU fall meeting in San Francisco (Dec 3-7, 2012), she co-convened and chaired a session titled, "Links Between Rapid Arctic Change and Mid-Latitude Weather Patterns" and presented a poster titled, "More Evidence Linking Arctic Amplification and Extreme Weather in Mid-Latitudes." (2). Annual AMS (American Meteorological Society) meeting in Austin, Texas (Jan 7-10, 2013), Jennifer made two presentations titled, "Will Changes in Atmospheric Poleward Energy Transport Enhance or Dampen Arctic Warming? by N. Skific and J. Francis, and "More Evidence Linking Arctic Amplification to Extreme Weather in Mid-Latitudes" by J. Francis and S. Vavrus. (3). 2013 Glen Gerberg Weather and Climate Summit (Jan 14-17) in Breckenridge, CO, Jennifer gave a seminar titled, "Wacky Weather and Disappearing Arctic Sea Ice: Are They Connected?" The presentation will be available here: http://www.stormcenter.com/wxcsummit/agenda.html . During this conference Jennifer gave live TV interviews on NBC/WPSD (http://www.wpsdlocal6.com/weather/headlines/Arctic-Ice-Melt-and-Extreme-Weather-187378821.html) and on NBC/KGW. On October 30th 2012 Jennifer Francis presented a webinar for the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy titled, "Wacky Weather and Disappearing Arctic Sea Ice: Are They Connected?" The webinar can be viewed here: http://ine.uaf.edu/accap/telecon_archive.htm .
  • Tony Broccoli gave the following interviews and presentation: (1). Interviewed and quoted in article entitled “Officials urge some parts of LBI, Toms River to vacate instead of rebuild," Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ), December, 2012. (2). Quoted in article entitled “Weather extremes impact rebuilding," Asbury Park Press (Asbury Park, NJ), December, 2012. (3). "Climate Change and Extreme Weather: A New Normal?" Invited presentation at workshop entitled “Rebuilding a Resilient New Jersey Shore,” Monmouth University, December, 2012.
  • Alan Robock was interviewed on Nov. 12, 2012 about geoengineering in article “True science or fiction?” by Sue Nelson in Sydney Morning Herald (originally in The Daily Telegraph, London) http://www.smh.com.au/environment/true-science-or-fiction-20121110-294bw.html

New Grants

  • Bidle, K. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, "Infochemical Control of Microbial Ecosystem Pathways in the North Atlantic." 10/09/12-09/30/13 ($134,485)
  • Falkowski, P. University of California-San Diego, Consortium of Algal Biofuels. 09/01/10-08/31/13 ($440,325 CONT)
  • Kohut, J. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, "Evaluation of Broad and Fine Scale Models of Butterfish Biomass Applied to By-Catch Reduction." 09/01/11-08/31/13 ($58,284 CONT)
  • Sherrell, R. National Science Foundation, "Collaborative Research: Suspended Particle Geochemistry Along the US GEOTRACES Easter Pacific Zonal Transect from High Productivity Ocean Margin to Deep Sea Hydrothermal Plume." 01/01/13-12/31/15 ($146,821)
  • Wiedenmann, J. Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, "Evaluation of the Effects of Uncertainty in Estimates of Recreational Fisheries Landings." 12/01/12-09/30/13 ($22,389)
  • Auermuller, L. American Littoral Society, "Prioritize and Implement Targeted Stormwater Management Strategies to Reduce Nutrient, Pathogen." 07/19/12-01/18/15 ($8,000)
  • Schofield, O. Marine Biological Institute, PALMER ANTARTICA LONG TERM ECOLOGICAL RESEARCH "Looking Back in Time Through Marine Ecosystem Space." 09/01/08-03/31/13 ($80,001 CONT)
  • Falkowski, P. The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, "Constructing an Annotated Metabolic Map of Earth's Coupled Microbial Redox Reaction." 06/01/11-05/31/14 ($730,000 CONT)
  • Wiedenmann, J. University of Maryland, "Evaluation of Acceptable Biological Catch (ABC) Control Rules." 09/26/12-12/31/14 ($140,182)
  • Wilkin, J. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, "Sustaining Development of National Ocean Service Operational Forecast Systems." 07/01/12-08/31/13 ($50,000)
  • Kohut, J. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, "Accounting for Habitat-Dependent Observation Error in Bottom Trawl Survey Indices for Pelagic Stocks." 08/01/12-07/31/13 ($49,794)
  • Schofield, O. National Science Foundation, "Antarctic Quest: Racing to Understand a Changing Ocean - Documentary Film Project." 10/15/12-09/30/14 ($149,972)
  • Arango, H. Office of Naval Research, "A Community Terrain-following Ocean ModelingSystem (ROMS/TOMS)." 01/01/12-12/31/13 $160,259)
  • Glenn, S. Stevens Institute of Technology, "The National Center for Secure and Resilient Maritime Commerce and Coastal Environments." 07/01/12-06/30/12 ($337,500)
  • Rona, P. National Science Foundation, "Quantifying Hydrothermal Flow and Heat Transfer Using Acoustic Imaging in the NEPTUNE Canada Cabled Observatory at the Main Endeavour Field." 09/01/12-08/31/15 ($352,030)
  • Schofield, O. University of California-San Diego, "OOI Project Scientist and Glider Software Development." 04/15/12-10/03/14 ($115,380)
  • Bricelj, M. Ocean County College-Barnegat Bay NEP, "Characterization of Phytoplankton Functional Taxonomic Groups in relation to juvenile hard clam production in the Barnegat Bay-Little Egg Harbor." 05/01/12-05/01/13 ($39,671)
  • Sherrell, R. National Science Foundation, "Natural Fe Fertilization and Bioactive Metal Dynamics on the Western Antarctic Peninsula Shelf." 09/15/12-08/31/15 ($504,117)
  • Gorbunov, M. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, "The Application of Lifetime Analyses in the Upper Ocean to the Interpretation of Satellite-Based, Solar induced Chlorophyl." 11/14/07-11/13/12 ($134,244)
  • Falkowski, P. CUNY-Research Foundation, "Bottom-up Reconstruction of Molecular Components of Natural Photosynthesis in a Photoelectrochemical." 04//15/10-04/14/13 ($73,342)
  • Kohut, J. SNJ-Department of Environmental Protection, "Development of New Jersey Beaches Data System." 08/01/12-04/01/14 ($163,981)
  • Jensen, O. Garden State Seafood Association, Cooperative Study: Funding Option # 1 - Diet and Fatty Acid Analysis 09/15/11-9/14/12 ($144,814) and Option # 2 - Modeling of Bycatch Reduction and Predation Effects on Butterfish 9/15/12-9/14/13 ($49,160)
  • Able, K. Louisiana State University System - LUMCON, "Responses of March Fishes to Petroleum Pollution." 09/01/11-08/31/14 ($127,046)
  • Dighton, J. and Gray, D. USDA McIntire Stennis, "Impacts of Forest Thinning and Soil Disturbance on Sustainability in the NJ Pine Barrens." ($199,960)
  • Haggblom, M., Kerkhof, L. and Dighton, J. USDA McIntire Stennis, " The role of Acidobacteria Communities in Carbon and Nitrogen Cycling Processes in New Jersey Pineland Soils." ($190,000)


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  • Dighton, J., H.S. Helmisaari, M. Maghrang, S. Smith, K. Malcom, W. Johnson, L. Quast, B. Lallier, D. Gray, H. Setala, M. Star, J. Luiro, M. Kukkola. 2012. Impacts of forestpost thinning residues on soil chemistry, fauna, and roots: Implications of residue removal in Finland. Applied Soil Ecology 60: 16-22.
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  • Fertig, B.M., M.J. Kennish, and G.P. Sakowicz. 2013. Changing eelgrass (Zostera marina L.) characteristics in a highly eutrophic temperate coastal lagoon. Aquatic Botany, 104: 70-79.
  • Ford, S.E., D. Bushek. 2012. Development of resistance to an introduced marine pathogen by a native host. Journal of Marine Research. 70: 205-223
  • Ford, S.E., E. Scarpa, D. Bushek. 2012. Spatial and temporal variability of disease refuges in an estuary: Implications for the development of resistance. Journal of Marine Research. 70: 253-277.
  • Geng, Y., J. Dighton ,D. Gray. 2012. The effects of thinning and soil disturbance on enzyme activities under pitch pine soil in New Jersey Pinelands. Applied Soil Ecology. 62: 1-7. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apsoil.2012.07.001
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  • Gray, D., M. Swanson, J. Dighton. 2012. The influence of contrasting ground cover vegetation on soil properties in the NJ pine barrens. Applied Soil Ecology. 60: 41-48. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apsoil.2012.06.007
  • He, Y., S.E. Ford, D. Bushek, E.N. Powell, Z. Bao, X. Guo. 2012. Effective population sizes of eastern oyster Crassostrea virginica (Gmelin) populations in Delaware Bay, USA. Journal of Marine Research. 70: 357-379
  • Hofmann, E.E., S.E. Ford. 2012. An introduction to Ecology of Infectious Diseases - Oysters and Estuaries. Journal of Marine Research. 70:I-IIIV
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  • Irali, N., U.S. Ninnemann, E. Galaasen, Y. Rosenthal, D. Kroon, D.W. Oppo, H.F. Kleiven, K.F. Darling, C. Kissel. 2012. Rapid switches in subpolar North Atlantic hydrography and climate during the Last Interglacial (MIS 5e). Paleoceanography 27, PA2207, doi:10.1029/2011PA002244
  • Kennish, M.J., B. Fertig, and G.P. Sakowicz. 2012. Benthic macroalgal blooms as an indicator of system eutrophy in the Barnegat Bay-Little Egg Harbor Estuary. Bulletin of the New Jersey Academy of Science, 56: 1-5.
  • Kimball, M.E., K.W. Able. 2012. Tidal migrations of intertidal salt marsh creek nekton examined with underwater video. Northeastern Naturalist 19(3): 475-486.
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  • Loikith, P. C. (Environmental Sciences, Rutgers University), and A. J. Broccoli (Environmental Sciences, Rutgers University), 2012: Characteristics of observed atmospheric circulation patterns associated with temperature extremes over North America, J. Climate, 25, 7266–7281, doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-11-00709.1.
  • McGhee, G.R. Jr., M.E. Clapham, P.M. Sheehan, D.J. Bottjer, and M.L. Droser. 2013. A new ecological-severity ranking of major Phanerozoic biodiversity crises. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2012.12.019
  • McManus, J., W.M. Berelson, S. Severmann, K.S. Johnson, D.E. Hammond, M. Roy, K.H. Coale. Benthic manganese fluxes along the Oregon–California continental shelf and slope. Continental Shelf Research 43(2012)71–85 doi.org/10.1016/j.csr.2012.04.016
  • Medeiros, P.M., E.L. Sikes, B. Thomas, K.H. Freeman. 2012. Flow discharge influences on input and transport of particulate and sedimentary organic carbon along a small temperate river. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 77: 317-334. doi10.1016j.gca.2011.11.020
  • Merlin, Y., A. Hernández, M. Calderón, O.P. Jensen, R. Zaragoza, and L. Zambrano. 2012. Urban expansion into a protected natural area in Mexico City: alternative management scenarios. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management. doi: 10.1080/09640568.2012.683686
  • Miles, T., S.M. Glenn, O. Schofield. 2012. Temporal and spatial variability in fall storm induced sediment resuspension on the Mid-Atlantic Bight. Continental Shelf Research. doi.org/10.1016/j.csr.2012.08.006
  • Miller, K.G., J.D. Wright, J.V. Browning, A. Kulpecz, M. Kominz, T.R. Nalsh, B.S. Cramer, Y. Rosenthal, R. Peltier, S. Sosdian. 2012. High tide of the warm Pliocene: Implications of global sea level for Antarctic deglaciation. Geological Society of America. doi: 10.1130/G32869.1
  • Munroe, D.M., J.M. Klinck, E.E. Hofmann, E.N. Powell. 2012. The role of larval dispersal in metapopulation gene flow: Local population dynamics matter. Journal of Marine Research. 70: 441-467
  • Narvaez, D.A., J.M. Klinck, E.N. Powell, E.E. Hofmann, J. Wilkin, D.B. Haidvogel. 2012. Modeling the dispersal of eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica) larvae in Delaware Bay. Journal of Marine Research. 70: 381-409
  • Narvaez, D.A., J.M. Klinck, E.N. Powell, E.E. Hofmann, J. Wilkin, D.B. Haidvogel. 2012. Circulation and behavior controls on dispersal of eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica) larvae in Delaware Bay. Journal of Marine Research. 70: 411-440
  • Newnham, R.M., M.J. Vandergoes, E. Sikes, L. Carter, J.M. Wilmshurst, D.J. Lowe, M.S. McGlone, A. Sandiford. 2012. Does the bipolar seesaw extend to the terrestrial southern mid-latitudes? Quaternary Science Reviews. 36: 214-222. doi: 10.1016/jquatscirev.2011.04.013
  • Oliver, M.J., M.A. Moline, I. Robbins, W. Fraser, D. Patterson, and O. Schofield. 2012. Letting penguins lead: Dynamic modeling of penguin locations guides autonomous robotic sampling. Oceanography 25(3):120–121, http://dx.doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2012.84.
  • Owens, J.D., T.W. Lyons, X. Li, K.G. Macleod, G. Gordon, M.M.M. Kuypers, A. Anbar, W. Kuhnt, and S. Severmann. Iron isotope and trace metal records of iron cycling in the proto-North Atlantic during the Cenomanian-Turonian oceanic anoxic event (OAE-2) Paleoceanography, Vol. 27, PA3223, doi:10.1029/2012PA002328, 2012
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  • Powell, E.N., J.M. Klinck, K. Ashton-Alcox, E.E. Hofmann, J. Morson. 2012. The rise and fall of Crassostrea virginica oyster reefs: The role of disease and fishing in their demise and a vignette on their management. Journal of Marine Research. 70: 505-558
  • Powell, E.N., J.M. Klinck, X. Guo, E.E. Hofman, S.E. Ford, D. Bushek. 2012. Can oysters Crassostrea virginica develop resistance to dermo disease in the field: The impediment posed by climate cycles. Journal of Marine Research. 70: 309-355
  • Reinfelder, J.R. 2012. Carbon dioxide regulation of nitrogen and phosphorus in four species of marine phytoplankton. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 466: 57-67. doi: 10.3354/meps09905
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  • Thorson, J.T., J.M. Cope, T.A. Branch, O.P. Jensen. 2012. Spawning biomass reference points for exploited marine fishes, incorporating taxonomic and body size information. Canadian Journal of Fisheries Aquatic Sciences 69: 1-13. DOI:10.1139/F2012-077
  • Thorson, J.T., T.A. Branch, and O.P. Jensen. 2012. Using model-based inference to evaluate global fisheries status from landings, location and life history data. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 69:645-655
  • Tierney, J. E., D.W. Oppo, A.N. Legrande, Y. Huang, Y. Rosenthal, B.K. Linsley. 2012. The influence of Indian Ocean atmospheric circulation on Warm Pool hydroclimate during the Holocene epoch. Journal of Geophysical Research. 117, D19108, doi:10.1029/2012JD018060
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  • Wang, Z., D.B. Haidvogel, D. Bushek, S.E. Ford, E.E. Hofmann, E.N. Powell, J. Wilkin. 2012. Circulation and water properties and their relationship to the oyster disease MSX in Delaware Bay. Journal of Marine Research. 70: 279-308
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Student News

Congratulations to Graduate Program in Oceanography (GPO) Students

  • Benedetto Schiraldi successfully defended his Master's thesis titled “A multi-proxy look at deglacial Southwest Pacific Ocean sea surface temperature and thermocline source water changes" on January 17, 2013. Members of his committee are: Dr. Elisabeth Sikes (advisor), Dr. Yair Rosenthal, and Dr. James D. Wright.
  • Anna L. Hermes successfully defended her Master's thesis titled "Spatial and Seasonal Particulate Organic Carbon Cycling within the Delaware Estuary, Assessed using a Biomarker and Stable Carbon Isotopic Approach" on January 14, 2013. Members of her committee are: Dr. Elisabeth Sikes (advisor), Dr. Robert Chant, and Dr. Elizabeth Canuel (Virginia Institute of Marine Science).
  • On November 13, 2012, Yi Xu successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation titled “Phytoplankton Dynamics Studying Using Observations and Bio-Physical Modeling.” Committee members include: Dr. Oscar Schofield (Advisor), Dr. Robert Chant, Dr. John Wilkin, Dr. Katja Fennel (Dalhousie University), and Dr. Bronwyn Cahill (Informus GmbH, Germany).

2012 New Graduate Students

  • Kaycee Coleman: B.S. Rutgers University. Advisor: Thomas Grothues
  • Sushmita Patwardhan: B.S., University of Pune. Research Interests: Microbes from Hydrothermal vents. Advisor: Costa Vetriani. (Room: 204 extension: 2-3389)
  • Sarah Sexton: B.S., Coastal Carolina University. Advisor: Dale Haidvogel
  • Lauren Weisel: B.S., University of California, Irvine. Advisor: Liz Sikes. (Room 304, extension 2-3448)


Let's Welcome

A Warm Welcome to our Postdoctoral Associates

  • Rebecca Barnes: "Prior to arriving at IMCS I was a visiting assistant professor at Bard College's Center for Environmental Policy and postdoctoral researcher at Rice University and the USGS in Boulder, CO. My research examines the effects of anthropogenic disturbance and ecosystem variability on the biogeochemistry of nitrogen and carbon in a wide range of ecosystems from temperate and tropical urban watersheds to small high altitude alpine catchments. My research at IMCS with Liz Sikes is focused on the sources and fate of particulate organic matter within the Delaware River Estuary." (Room 205A, extension: 2-8421)
  • Jorge Dinamarca: "Before arriving at IMCS I was a Postdoctoral fellow at The Weizmann Institute in Israel. My research at the Weizmann focused on improving the thermotolerance of cyanobacteria by directed mutagenesis of photosystem II. At IMCS I've joined the biofuel research group led by Paul Falkowski. I'm working on the model diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum with the objective to improve its lipid yield and to obtain a crop protected strain." ( Room 205A, extension: 2-8421)
  • Fedor Kuzminov: "I have completed my PhD at Lomonosov Moscow State University in the field of optics and laser physics under supervision of Prof. Victor V. Fadeev. As an IMCS post doctoral fellow I work with Prof. Maxim Y. Gorbunov on further development of optical techniques and instrumentation for studies of photosynthesis in the ocean. My research interests are: biophysics and physiology of photosynthesis, non-photochemical quenching, photoreceptors, light harvesting complexes of photosynthetic organisms, remote sensing. I enjoy swimming, hiking, canoeing and other outdoor sports." ( Blake Hall, room 102, extension 2- 3433)
  • Alison McAnena: Previous Affiliation: University of Cologne, Post Doctoral Researcher. At IMCS, Rutgers, Alison is working with Silke Severmann on "Development of non traditional stable isotopes as redox proxies for modern environments and deep time rock records." (Room 305A, extension 2-3486)
  • Laura Reynolds: Laura just finished her PhD at the University of Virginia. There she looked at the population structure of seagrasses along the east coast of the US and studied the impact of restoration on that structure. Further she examined the importance of genetic diversity in seagrass restoration success. At Rutgers, she will be working with Mike Kennish and will be studying the implications of eutrophication on primary productivity and other ecosystem services provided by coastal bays. (Tel. 434-924-3193)
  • Stefan Senn: Previous Affiliation: University of Salzburg, Division of Bioinformatics. Advisors: Paul Falkowski and Yana Bromberg. Research Interest: Structural diversity of electron transfer catalyzing enzymes; Protein structure data mining. Hobbies: Soccer (active and passive), Reading, Music (also active and passive; guitar and trombone). (Lipman Hall, room 222. extension 2-9626)

Upcoming Events

13th Annual Shore Bowl Academic Competition

Date: February 23, 2013
Time: 7:30am
Place: Busch Campus Center, Rutgers University, New Brunswick

The Shore Bowl is hosted by the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve (JC NERR) and the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences (IMCS). It's an annual academic competition for high school students based on the ocean sciences bowl sponsored by the Consortium for Ocean Leadership. Topics include physics, biology, chemistry, geology, geography, social science, and technology. Students compete in teams of five to test their knowledge with hopes of advancing to the National Ocean Sciences Bowl, where they compete against other winning teams around the country. This year they are competing to go to Nationals in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Shore Bowl Steering Committee: Lisa Auermuller, Melanie Reding, Kim Capone and Andrea Spahn (609- 812-0649)