Julia EngDahl
Graduate Student
71 Dudley Rd, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Research Interests

I have an interest in marine technology, particularly with physical oceanography and meteorology, because I find the coding, building, deployment, and recovery of said technologies to be fascinating. In the past my research has focused on weather forcing and phenology of shad and river herring in the Raritan River for the Jensen Lab, and how strong weather systems (i.e. derechos) can produce meteotsunamis using HF radar data for the RUCOOL Lab. Presently, I will be focusing on side scan sonar to collect bathymetric data via the EdgeTech TOWFISH 4125 and the REMUS platforms.

Short History

Growing up in rural New Jersey, my playground was the forest and lakes. So, being outside was a must. I really learned to appreciate my natural surroundings. It wasn’t until my grandparents moved to Florida that I fell in love with the ocean. From a young age I always watched shows on the Discovery Channel and The Weather Channel, especially shows like Shark Week and Tornado Week. To be able to combine biology (i.e. any critter in question) and how its affected by physics (i.e. some environmental phenomenon) really drives my motivation and love for this field. I received my undergraduate degree from Rutgers University in Directed Marine Studies with a minor in Fisheries. Presently, I am part of the inaugural cohort for the Masters in Operational Oceanography here at Rutgers University. During the first few weeks of this program, I was involved with the first ever deployment of the EdgeTech TOWFISH 4125, and I presented the results at the MTS Tech Surge Lakebed 2020 in Traverse City, MI.


2019: B.S. Directed Marine Studies (Honors), Rutgers University – New Brunswick

2019-present: M.S. Operational Oceanography