Departmental Achievements

Since the last newsletter edition, many members of the Department of Marine Sciences were awarded grants, published articles, and received fellowships and awards. Congratulations to everyone on their remarkable achievements! All are presented in alphabetical order by last name.


Hannes Baumann Contrasting genomic shifts underlie parallel phenotypic evolution in response to fishing.


Zofia Baumann Chapter 5: Ocean Transport of Radioactive Materials. Section 10: “Radioactive caesium in marine migratory animals.”


Ann Bucklin and Heidi Yeh Time-series metabarcoding analysis of zooplankton diversity of the NW Atlantic continental shelf.


Heidi Dierssen Evaluating the seasonal and decadal performance of red band difference algorithms for chlorophyll in an optically complex estuary with winter and summer blooms.


Water column optical properties of Pacific coral reefs across geomorphic zones and in comparison to offshore waters.


Pushing the limits of seagrass remote sensing in the turbid waters of Elkhorn Slough, California.


Modeling atmosphere-ocean radiative transfer: a PACE Mission perspective.


Atmospheric correction of satellite ocean-color imagery during the PACE Era


Retrieving aerosol characteristics from the PACE Mission, Part 1: ocean color instrument.


Retrieving aerosol characteristics from the PACE Mission, Part 2: multi-angle and polarimetry.


Felipe Porto Long Non-Coding RNA Expression Levels Modulate Cell-Type-Specific Splicing Patterns by Altering Their Interaction Landscape with RNA-Binding Proteins.


Matthew Sasaki and Hans Dam Integrating patterns of thermal tolerance and phenotypic plasticity with population genetics to improve understanding of vulnerability to warming in a widespread copepod.


Emily Seelen and Rob Mason The interaction of mercury and methylmercury with chalcogenide nanoparticles.


Samantha Siedlecki Observational needs supporting marine ecosystems modeling and forecasting. (accepted)


Cloud and radiative effects of a Northeast Pacific marine heat wave. (accepted)


An enhanced ocean acidification observing network: from people to technology to data synthesis and information exchange.


Better regional ocean observing through cross-national cooperation: a case study from the Northeast Pacific.


Samantha Siedlecki and Penny Vlahos Carbon cycling in the North American coastal ocean: a synthesis.


Pieter Visscher Carbonate precipitation in freshwater cyanobacterial biofilms forming microbial tufa.


J. Evan Ward Selective ingestion and egestion of plastic particles by the blue mussel (Mytilus edulis) and eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica): implications for using bivalves as bioindicators of microplastic pollution.



Mackenzie Blanusa and Annalee Mears UConn Summer Undergraduate Research Fund (SURF)


Elisabeth (Lissa) Giacalone Dominion Energy student internship, working in environmental compliance at Millstone Power Station, Waterford, CT


Vena Haynes Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from the UConn Graduate School


Gunnar Hansen Doctoral Student Travel Fellowship from the UConn Graduate School


Abigail Kwiat NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates through University of Chicago Marine Biological Laboratory at the Plum Island Ecosystem Long Term Ecological Research site


Kayla Mladinich Doctoral Student Travel Fellowship from the UConn Graduate School



Julie Granger and Samantha Siedlecki Investigation of mechanisms leading to seasonal hypoxia in the Southern Benguela Upwelling System.


Rob Mason Collaborative Research: Constraining the role of chemical transformations in the cycling of mercury in the Arctic Ocean air-sea interface.


Samantha Siedlecki Assessment of the observing network to identify processes relevant to the predictability of the coastal ocean of the Northeast on centennial time scales, NOAA OAP.


Pieter Visscher 2019-2020 Synchrotron Soleil/CNRS-CEA: Spatial distribution of metals in microbialites as biosignatures: Linking the modern to the fossil record and search for life on Mars. Visscher (PI), Bouton (Co-PI); Fifteen shifts of beamtime in the Nanoscopium, Synchrotron Soleil, Paris, France.



Ann Bucklin Outstanding Achievement Award at ICES Annual Science Conference.

Ann Bucklin receiving award