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Recent Dissertations and Theses


Insights from Geodynamic Models Into Ice flow, Mantle Magmatism, and Their Interactions
Fiona Clerc, Ph.D., 2023
Mark Behn, Co-Advisor
Brent Minchew, Co-Advisor


Oceanic Ambient Noise in the Arctic on the Chukchi Shelf: Broadband Characteristics and Environmental Drivers
Kathryn Fung, S.M., 2022
Julien Bonnel, Advisor

Questions and Clarity: Insights from Applying Computational Methods to Paleoclimate Archives
Michaela Fendrock, Ph.D., 2022
David McGee,Co-Advisor
Alan Condron, Co-Advisor

Structure, Variability, and Dynamics of the West Greenland Boundary Current System
Astrid Pacini, Ph.D., 2022
Robert Pickart, Advisor


Environmental drivers of the abundance and distribution of forage fishes on the Northeast US shelf, with a particular emphasis on northern sand lance
Justin Suca, Ph.D., 2021
Joel Llopiz, Advisor

Investigating chromium cycling in global oxygen deficient zones with chromium isotopes
Tianyi Huang, Ph.D., 2021
Ed Boyle, Advisor

Environmental Effects of the Beaufort Lens on Underwater Acoustic Communications during Arctic Operations
Daniel Goodwin, S.M., 2021
Henrik Schmidt, Advisor

A Virtual Ocean Framework for Environmentally Adaptive, Embedded Acoustic Navigation on Autonomous Underwater
Eeshan Bhatt, Ph.D., 2021
Henrik Schmidt, Advisor
Video of Thesis Defense

Vertical Fluxes in the Upper Ocean
Mara Freilich, Ph.D., 2021
Amala Mahadevan, Advisor

Ambient Acoustics as Indicator of Environmental Change in the Beaufort Sea: Experiments & Methods for Analysis
Rui Chen, Ph.D., 2021
Henrik Schmidt, Advisor

Pseudo-nitzschia in the Gulf of Maine: Investigating Bloom Dynamics, Species Introduction, and Climate Change Implications with Observations and Models
Suzanna Clark, Ph.D.
Dennis McGillicuddy, Co-Advisor
David Ralston, Co-Advisor

Coral Reefs in the Anthropocene Ocean: Novel Insights from Skeletal Proxies of Climate Change, Impacts, and Resilience
Nathaniel Mollica, Ph.D., 2021
Anne Cohen, Co-Advisor
Weifu Guo, Co-Advisor

Diagnosing the variability in temperature and velocity in the Middle Atlantic Bight
Jacob Forsyth, Ph.D., 2021
Magdalena Andres
Glen Gawarkiewicz


Radium Isotopes and Radon-222 as Tracers of Sediment-Water Interaction in Arctic coastal and Lacustrine Environments
Jessica Dabrowski, S.M., 2020
Matthew Charette, Advisor

An Analysis of Atlantic Water in the Arctic Ocean Using the Arctic Subpolar Gyre State Estimate and Observations
Jeffrey Grabon, S.M., 2020
John Toole, Advisor

Residual Overturning Circulation and Its Connection to Southern Ocean Dynamics
Madeleine Youngs, Ph.D., 2020
Glen Flierl, Advisor

Investigating Mexican Paleoclimate with Precisely Dated Speleothems
Gabriela Serrato Marks, Ph.D., 2020
David McGee, Advisor

High Resolution Sedimentary Archives of Past Millennium Hurricane Activity in the Bahama Archipelago
Elizabeth Wallace, Ph.D., 2020
Jeffrey Donelley, Advisor

Characterizing Cobalamin Cycling by Antarctic Marine Microbes across Multiple Scales
Deepa Rao, Ph.D., 2020
Mick Follows, Advisor

U-Th Dating of Lacustrine Carbonates
Christine Chen, Ph.D., 2020
David McGee, Advisor


Stratified and Stirred: Monsoon Freshwater in the Bay of Bengal
Gualtiero Spiro Jaeger, Ph.D., 2019
Amala Mahadevan, Advisor

Wave-Driven Geomorphology of Pacific Carbonate Coastlines: From landscape to Wavelength Scale
James Bramante, Ph.D., 2019
Jeffrey Donnelly, Advisor

Physiological and Behavioral Responses, and their Variability, in Squid, Doryteuthis Pealeii, Embryos and Paralarvae Reared Under Chronic Ocean Acidification
Casey Zakroff, Ph.D., 2019
T. Aran Mooney, Advisor

Greenlandic Ice Archives of North Atlantic Common Era Climate
Matthew Osman, Ph.D., 2019
Sarah Das, Advisor

Reconstructing Atmospheric Changes in Monsoon Regions Using Eolian Dust
Christopher Kinsely, Ph.D., 2019
David McGee, Advisor

Storm Signatures in Coastal Ponds and Marshes Over the Late Holocene

Katherine Castagno, Ph.D.,2019
Jeffrey Donnelly, Advisor

The Response of Ocean Salinity Patterns to Climate Change: Implications for Circulation

Samuel Levang, Ph.D., 2019
Raymond Schmitt, Advisor

A modeling study of the marine biogeochemistry, plankton dynamics, and carbon cycle on the continental shelf off the West Antarctic Peninsula

Cristina Schultz, Ph.D., 2019
Scott Doney, Co-advisor
Weifeng Zhang, Co-advisor

Genetic Connectivity, Adaptation, and Phenotypic Plasticity of Corals and Anemones Under Thermal Stress

Hanny Rivera, Ph.D., 2019
Ann Tarrant, Advisor

The Influence of Heat Transport on Arctic Amplification

Laura Fleming, S.M., 2019
Young-Oh Kwon, Advisor


Coral Reef Soundscapes: Spatiotemporal Variability and Links to Species Assemblages

Maxwell Kaplan, Ph.D., 2017
Aran Mooney, Advisor

Pteropod Shell Condition, Locomotion, and Long-term Population Trends in the Context of Ocean Acidification and Environmental Change

Alexander Bergan, Ph.D., 2017
Gareth Lawson, Advisor

Ecosystem Metabolism in Salt Marsh Tidal Creeks and Ponds: Applying Triple Oxygen Isotopes and Other Gas Tracers to Novel Environments

Evan Howard, Ph.D., 2017
Rachel Stanley, Co-Advisor
Scott Wankel, Co-Advisor

Coral Biomineralization, Climate Proxies and the Sensitivity of Coral Reefs to CO2-Driven Climate Change

Thomas DeCarlo, Ph.D., 2017
Anne Cohen, Advisor

Influence of Meltwater on Greenland Ice Sheet Dynamics

Laura Stevens, Ph.D., 2017
Sarah Das, Advisor


Seasonal and Interannual Variability in the Hydrology and Geochemistry of an Outlet Glacier of the Greenland Ice Sheet

Benjamin Linhoff, Ph.D., 2016
Matthew Charette, Advisor

Late Quaternary Climate Variability and Terrestrial Carbon Cycling in Tropical South America

Kyrstin Fornace, Ph.D., 2016
Valier Galy, Co-advisor
Konrad Hughen, Co-advisor

Inferring Ocean Circulation During the Last Glacial Maximum and Last Deglaciation Using Data and Models

Daniel Amrhein, Ph.D., 2016
Carl Wunsch, Advisor

Little Ice Age Climate in the Western Tropical Atlantic Inferred from Coral Geochemical Proxies

Alice Alpert, Ph.D., 2016
Delia Oppo Co-advisor
Anne Cohen, Co-advisor

A Scientific Framework for Evaluating Coral Reef Resilience to Climate Change

Hannah Barkley, Ph.D., 2016
Anne Cohen, Advisor


Exploring the Climate Change Refugia Potential of Equatorial Pacific Coral Reefs

Elizabeth Joan Drenkard, Ph.D., 2015
Anne Cohen, Co-advisor
Daniel McCorkle, Co-advisor
Kristopher Karnauskas, Co-advisor

Investigating the Evolution and Formation of Coastlines and the Response to Sea-Level Rise

Alejandra Ortiz, Ph.D., 2015
Andrew Ashton, Advisor

Physical Control of the Distributions of a Key Arctic Copepod in the Northeast Chukchi Sea

Stephen Elliott, S.M., 2015
Carin Ashjian, Advisor


An Inverse Approach to Understanding Deglacial Benthic Oxygen Isotope Records from the Last Glaciation

Daniel Amrhein, S.M., 2014
Carl Wunsch, Advisor

Quaternary Morphology and Paleoenvironmental Records of Carbonate Islands

Michael Toomey, Ph.D., 2014
Jeffrey Donnelly, Advisor

Amundsen Sea Sea-Ice Variability, Atmospheric Circulation, and Spatial Variations in Snow Isotopic Composition from New West Antarctic Firn Cores

Alison Criscitiello, Ph.D., 2014
Sarah Das, Advisor


Climate Controls on Coral Growth in the Caribbean

Sara Bosshart, S.M., 2013
Delia Oppo & Anne Cohen, Advisors

Variations in Coral Reef Net Community Calcification and Aragonite Saturation State on Local and Global Scales

Whitney Bernstein, Ph.D., 2013
Konrad Hughen, Advisor

Growth and Development of Larval Bay Scallops (Argopecten irradians) in Response to Early Exposure to High CO2

Meredith White, Ph.D., 2013
Lauren Mullineaux, Advisor


Hydrological and Biogeochemical Cycling Along the Greenland Ice Sheet Margin

Maya Bhatia, Ph.D., 2012
Sarah Das and Elizabeth Kujawinski, Advisors

Aridification of the Indian Subcontinent During the Holocene: Implications for Landscape Evolution, Sedimentation, Carbon Cycle and Human Civilizations

Camilo Ponton, Ph.D., 2012
Timothy Eglinton and Liviu Giosan, Advisors

Constraining Circulation Changes Through the Last Deglaciation with Deep-sea Coral Radiocarbon and Sedimentary 231Pa/230Th

Andrea Burke, Ph.D., 2012
Laura Robinson and Olivier Marchal, Advisors

The Centennial and Millennial Variability of the IndoPacific Warm Pool and the Indonesian Throughflow

Fern Gibbons, Ph.D., 2012
Delia Oppo, Advisor


Lipid Biomarkers of Coral Stress: Calibration and Exploration

Jessie Kneeland, Ph.D., 2011
Konrad Hughen, Advisor

Late Holocene Hurricane Activity and Climate Variability in the Northeastern Gulf of Mexico

D. Philip Lane, Ph.D., 2011
Jeffrey Donnelly and Kerry Emanuel, Advisors


Understanding the Ocean Carbon and Sulfur Cycles in the Context of a Variable Ocean: A Study of Anthropogenic Carbon Storage and Dimethysulfide Production in the Atlantic Ocean

Naomi M. Levine, Ph.D., 2010
Scott Doney and Dierdre Toole, Advisors

Near-Inertial and Thermal Upper Ocean Response to Atmospheric Forcing in the North Atlantic Ocean

Katherine E. Silverthorne, Ph.D., 2010
John Toole, Advisor

The Seasonal and Interannual Variability of the West Greenland Current System in the Labrador Sea

Tatiana Rykova, Ph.D., 2010
Fiamma Straneo, Advisor

Coral Calcifications Insights from Inorganic Experiments and Coral Responses to Environmental Variables

Michael C. Holcomb, Ph.D., 2010
Anne Cohen and Daniel McCorkle, Co-Advisors


Uranium-Series Radionuclide Records of Paleoceanographic and Sedimentary Changes in the Arctic Ocean

Sharon Hoffmann, Ph.D., 2009
Jerry McManus, Advisor

Low-Latitude Western North Atlantic Climate Variability During the Past Millennium: Insights from Proxies and Models

Casey P. Saenger, Ph.D., 2009
Delia Oppo, Co-Advisor; Anne Cohen, Co-Advisor

Tropical Cyclones Within the Sedimentary Record: Analyzing Overwash Deposition from Event to Millenial Timescales

Jonathan Woodruff, Ph.D., 2009
Jeffrey Donnelly, Advisor