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Coastal Ocean Institute Fellows

Institute Fellows are selected based on their scientific leadership, their interest and ability to participate in interdisciplinary research, and their ability and willingness to communicate the importance of the Institute's research to the public and policy makers in government.

Current Fellow: Dan McCorkle

Fellow Term: 10/1/11 - 9/30/14
Daniel McCorkle is a tenured associate scientist in the department of Geology and Geophysics. His research addresses aspects of the marine carbon cycle including ocean acidification and marine biomineralization, sediment geochemistry, ocean paleochemistry and land-sea groundwater interactions. He is using his fellowship to strengthen two parts of his ocean acidification research – laboratory studies of the impact of elevated pCO2 on a range of organisms, and field studies of the carbonate chemistry of estuaries and the coastal ocean.

Current Fellow: Bernhard Peucker-Ehrenbrink

Fellow Term: 9/1/10 - 8/31/13
Bernhard Peucker-Ehrenbrink is a senior scientist in the Marine Chemistry & Geochemistry Department. The delivery of land-derived material to the coastal ocean is important to oceanography. Understanding processes and deciphering how they respond to changing environmental conditions is a prerequisite for reconstructing past and predicting future changes. With colleagues in the expanding global network of river observatories, Bernhard's research focuses on the interaction of rainwater with the geology of watersheds.

Previous Coastal Ocean Institute Fellows

Karen Casciotti

Karen Casciotti

Fellow Term: 6/1/08-5/31/11

Karen Casciotti was an associate scientist in Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry. Her research focuses on nitrogen cycle biogeochemistry, including studies of how nitrate, nitrite, and nitrous oxide (N2O) are produced and consumed in ocean waters. She uses a combination of stable isotope measurements and microbial community analysis to determine the sources and cycling of nitrogen in the coastal ocean. The COI fellowship allowed her to explore emerging areas of research, such as the mechanisms of N2O production in the coastal ocean, and the relationship of N2O production to anthropogenic nitrogen loading.

Claudia Cenedese

Claudia Cenedese

Fellow Term: 6/1/07-5/31/10

Claudia Cenedese is an associate scientist in Physical Oceanography. Her research interests span diverse areas of geophysical fluid dynamics. She uses laboratory experiments together with analytical models to simulate the relevant dynamics that occur in the ocean. Her COI fellowship helped expand her research program to encompass the coupling of physical and biological processes.  
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» Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory Website

Rob Evans

Rob Evans

Fellow Term: 6/1/06-5/31/09

Rob Evans is an associate scientist in Geology and Geophysics. His primary research area is in marine electromagnetics in studies of groundwater discharge and seafloor characterization. He has become involved in the broader area of shoreline change, working on aspects of its economic impact. His fellowship allowed him to continue pursuing a national program on coastal change.
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» Coastal Systems Group Website

Becky Gast

Becky Gast

Fellow Term: 6/1/06-5/31/09

Becky Gast is an associate scientist in Biology. She is interested in expanding her research program into the epidemiology of infectious diseases in coastal areas. This area of study is relevant to anthropogenic impacts on the coastal ocean, has important societal implications and is absolutely essential for future work on human health and the oceans.
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Andone Lavery

Andone Lavery

Fellow Term: 6/1/06-5/31/09

Andone Lavery is an associate scientist in Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering and a Claudia S. Heyman Institute Fellow. Her planned research as a fellow involves using acoustic propagation to investigate path-averaged turbulence, mixing, and advection in estuarine environments. This research was performed at a coastal acoustics observatory in Narragansett Bay in collaboration with David Farmer.

Carin Asjian

Carin Ashjian

Fellow Term: 6/1/05-5/31/08

Carin Ashjian is now a senior scientist in Biology. She studies the ecology of zooplankton (microscopic animals). She uses a variety of techniques including experiments with animals to determine their rate of reproduction or grazing. During her fellowship, she concentrated on the effect of climate variability on the oceanography of the North Alaskan coastal region and how climate associated changes in the ecosystem may affect the distribution of marine mammals and the sucess of Iñupiat subsistence hunting.
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Jeffrey Donnelly

Jeff Donnelly

Fellow Term: 4/1/04-3/31/07
Jeff Donnelly is an associate scientist in Geology and Geophysics. He focuses on quantifying natural archives of coastal environmental change spanning decadal to millennial timescales. Much of his research is aimed at providing paleoenvironmental records of changes in sea level, intense storms, and climate and attempting to understand their influence on coastal landscape evolution. 
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Chris Reddy

Chris Reddy

Fellow Term: 4/1/04-3/31/07

Chris Reddy is a senior scientist in Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry. He studies the source, transport, and fate of organic contaminants in the coastal environment with an emphasis on understanding fundamental processes and solving "real world" problems. His major research interest is the role that combustion of fossil fuels and biomass has on the delivery of organic contaminants and carbon cycling.
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John Trowbridge

John Trowbridge

Fellow Term: 4/1/03-3/31/06

John Trowbridge is a senior scientist in Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering. John specializes in research on the turbulent processes at the ocean's boundaries and on sediment transport. With his fellowship, he worked with Heidi Sosik (below) to understand the physical processes that drive changes in biological activity, as observed from the Martha's Vineyard Coastal Observatory.

Heidi Sosik

Heidi Sosik

Fellow Term: 4/1/03-3/31/06

Heidi Sosik is a senior scientist in Biology. Heidi studies the growth of the microscopic plants (phytoplankton) that are the base of most marine food webs. She uses innovative, optically-based approaches to measuring plankton in the ocean. During her time as a fellow, she worked with John Trowbridge to gain a new level of understanding of the physical effects on biological activity. Heidi's fellowship was held jointly between COI and the Ocean Life Institute.

Matt Charette

Matt Charette

Fellow Term: 6/1/01-5/31/04

Matt Charette is now a senior scientist in Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry. His research concentrates on nutrient fluxes to the coastal ocean via groundwater transport. He has made innovative use of natural radium isotopes as a means to estimating the sources.

Wade McGillis

Wade McGillis

Fellow Term: 6/1/01-5/31/04

Wade McGillis was an associate scientist in Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering. His work has dealt extensively with fluxes between the ocean and atmosphere, especially for carbon dioxide, a compound heavily implicated in the suspected causes of global warming. The nature of his work requires that he have strong interdisciplinary ties.

Kathleen

Kathleen Ruttenberg

Fellow Term: 6/1/01-7/1/02

Kathleen Ruttenberg was an associate scientist in Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry. Her research has centered on understanding how nutrients are delivered to the coastal ocean, and how nutrients are cycled in the coastal water column. As a fellow she designed questions and researched plans to tackle the complex questions that remain about nutrient delivery to, and cycling within, coastal systems.