Faculty

Grace Saba

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

saba@marine.rutgers.edu

848-932-3466
71 Dudley Rd,  New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Room 309D
Full CV
Two Page CV

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 Research Associates

Jessica Valenti

Postdoctoral Fellow

Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences

valenti@marine.rutgers.edu

Personal Webpage

800 (c/o 132) Great Bay Blvd, Tuckerton, NJ 08087

I am broadly interested in anthropogenic influences on the marine environment. My research has examined the impacts of spilled oil and urbanization (human development of the land), as well as natural stressors, such as Hurricane Sandy, on estuarine fishes over multiple spatial and temporal scales. For my post-doc, I will continue studying anthropogenic stressors on fishes by using the Rutgers University Marine Field Station’s 30-year larval fish collection to investigate microplastic intake in larval fish from the past and present while working closely with Dr. Saba and Dr. Ashok Deshpande (NOAA James J. Howard Marine Science Laboratory).

Graduate Students

Emily Slesinger

Graduate Student

Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences

slesinger@marine.rutgers.edu

71 Dudley Rd,
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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

elizabeth.wrightfairbanks@marine.rutgers.edu

71 Dudley Rd, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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.

Lauren Cook

Graduate Student

Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences

lcook@marine.rutgers.edu

71 Dudley Rd, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

I graduated in 2019 with a B.S. in Marine Science from the University of South Carolina. My research interests lie at the intersection of physical-biological interactions, fisheries management and ecology, and remote sensing. I am beginning my foray into acoustics, and I hope to use this tool to learn more about the physical and biological components of our ocean that otherwise remains opaque to observation.

Ailey Sheehan

Graduate Student

Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences

asheehan@marine.rutgers.edu

71 Dudley Rd,
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

I was born in Manhattan, New York and moved to Rockaway, New Jersey when I was 9. I transferred to Rutgers my sophomore year after going to school in Iowa for volleyball during my freshman year. I graduated from Rutgers in May 2019 with a major in Marine Science and a minor in Fisheries Science. While earning my undergraduate degree I participated in Dr. Olaf Jensen’s research with black sea bass and earned my Scientific Diving certification. I am now beginning the masters in Operational Oceanography program at Rutgers and will be working with Dr. Grace Saba for my thesis project. My work will focus on estimating biomasses from AZFP acoustics and translating code into the AZFP format. I am also currently earning my PADI Divemaster certification through Rutgers. 

Theodore Thompson

Graduate Student

Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences

tthompson@marine.rutgers.edu

71 Dudley Rd, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

I am interested in utilizing oceanic instrumentation to understand the connection between our oceans and the rest of the planet. I am excited to employ AUVs to map ocean physical oceanographic processes. Currently, I am working on the advanced development of the pH sensor on the Slocum gliders. I will be investigating the data quality of the pH measurements while working with Sea Bird Scientific on improvement modifications.

 

Previous Post-Doctoral Research Associates

  • Corie Charpentier, 2017-2018

Previous Undergraduate Students

  • Brandon Grosso
  • Laura Wiltsee
  • Kasey Walsh
  • Rachel Young, Rutgers
  • Catherine Powell, Rutgers
  • 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