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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

Coastal Evolution on Earth and Titan
Rose Palermo, Ph.D., 2022
Andrew Ashton, Co-Advisor
Taylor Perron, Co-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

Assessing the potential for zinc limitation of marine primary production: proteomic characterization of the low zinc stress response in marine diatoms
Riss Kellogg, Ph.D., 2022
Mak Saito, Advisor

Molecular Characterization of Organically Bound Copper in the Marine Environment
Lydia Babcock-Adams, Ph.D., 2022
Daniel Repeta, Advisor

Constraining Natural and Anthropogenic Disturbances in the Delivery of Coastal Ecosystem Services
Sheron Luk, Ph.D., 2022
Amanda Spivak, Co-Advisor
Matthew Charette, Co-Advisor

Advances in Passive Acoustic Detection, Localization, and Tracking Applied to Unmanned Underwater Vehicles
Kristen Railey Kita, Ph.D., 2022
Henrik Schmidt, Co-Advisor
Dino DiBiaso, Co-Advisor

The Effect of Attenuation from Fish on Long-Range Active and Passive Acoustic Sensing in the Ocean
Daniel Duane, Ph.D., 2022
Nicholas Makris, 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

A Metabolic Lens on Phytoplankton Physiology
Craig McLean, Ph.D, 2021
Elizabeth Kujawinski, 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

Assessing anthropogenic noise impacts and relevant soundscape cues for marine invertebrates: leveraging squid and coral reefs as model systems
Ian Jones, Ph.D., 2021
Aran Mooney, Advisor

Inferring the Thermomechanical State of the Lithosphere Using Geophysical and Geochemical Observables
William Shinevar, Ph.D., 2021
Oliver Jagoutz, Co-Advisor
Mark Behn, Co-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

Field-Portable Dissolved Gas Sensing and Perspectives in Aqueous Microplastic Detection
Morgan Blevins, S.M., 2021
Anna Michel, Advisor

Phosphonate Biogeochemical Cycling in the Marine Environment: from an Ocean Scale to a Molecular Scale
Marianne Acker, Ph.D.
Daniel Repeta, 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

Estimating Atmospheric Boundary Layer Turbulence in the Marine Environment Using Lidar Systems with Applications for Offshore Wind Energy
Praneeth Gurumurthy, S.M., 2021
Anthony Kirincich, Advisor

The Heterogeneity and Volatile Content of Earth’s Mantle, Magmas and Crust
Benjamin Urann, Ph.D., 2021
Veronique Le Roux, Co-Advisor
Henry Dick, 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

The Role of Zooplankton in Regulating Carbon Export and Phytoplankton Community Structure: Integrating Models and Observations
Kevin Archibald, Ph.D., 2021
Michael Neubert, Co-Adivsor
Heidi Sosik, Co-Advisor

Computational Approaches for Sub-Meter Ocean Color Remote Sensing
Ryan O'Shea, Ph.D., 2021
Samuel Laney, Advisor


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

Signal Absorption-Based Range Estimator for Undersea Swarms
Brendan O’Neill, S.M., 2020
Erin Fischell, Co-Advisor
John Leonard, Co-Advisor

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

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


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

Protein regulation in Trichodesmium and other marine bacteria: Observational and interpretive biomarkers of biogeochemical processes
Noelle Held, Ph.D., 2019
Mak Saito, Advisor

New Insights into the Marine Oxygen Cycle from Manganese Oxide Minerals and Reactive Oxygen Species
Kevin Sutherland, Ph.D., 2019
Colleen Hansel, Co-Advisor
Scott Wankel, Co-Advisor

Dynamics and Kinematics of an Estuarine Network
William Bryce Corlett, Ph.D., 2019
W. Rockwell Geyer, Advisor

Storm Signatures in Coastal Ponds and Marshes Over the Late Holocene
Katherine Castagno, Ph.D.,2019
Jeffrey Donnelly, 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
David Nicholson, Co-advisor

Lagrangian Dispersion and Deformation in Submesoscale Flows

Sebastian Essink, Ph.D., 2019
Amala Mahadevan, Advisor

Geophysical and Geochemical Contraints on Submarine Volcanic Processes

Meghan Jones, Ph.D., 2019
S. Adam Soule, Advisor

Advancing the theory and applications of Lagrangian Coherent Structures methods for oceanic surface flows

Margaux Martin-Filippi, Sc.D., 2019
Irina Rypina, Co-advisor
Thomas Peacock, Co-advisor

The production and fate of nitrogen species in deep-sea hydrothermal environments

Chawalit 'Net' Charoenpong, Ph.D., 2019
Scott Wankel, Advisor

The mineralogy and chemistry of modern shallow-water and deep-sea corals

Gabriela Farfan, Ph.D., 2019
Colleen Hansel, Advisor

Characterizing Bacterial Antibiotic Resistance, Prevalence, and Persistence in the Marine Environment

Megan May, Ph.D., 2019
Rebecca Gast, Advisor

Computational Analysis of the Biophysical Controls on Southern Ocean Phytoplankton Ecosystem Dynamics

Tyler Rohr, Ph.D., 2019
Scott Doney, Advisor
David Nicholson, Advisor

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

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

Observing Microbial Processes at the Microscale with In Situ Technology

Bennett Lambert, Ph.D., 2019
Roman Stocker, Co-Advisor
Heidi Sosik, Co-Advisor

Distributional Models of Ocean Carbon Export

Cael Barry, Ph.D., 2019
Michael Follows, Advisor


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

Hanny Rivera, Ph.D., 2018
Ann Tarrant, Advisor

Carbon Transformations in Seafloor Serpentinization Systems

Niya Grozeva, Ph.D., 2018
Frieder Klein, Co-Advisor
Jeffrey Seewald, Co-Advisor


Influence of Meltwater on Greenland Ice Sheet Dynamics

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

Geophysical and Petrological Constraints on Ocean Plate Dynamics

Emily Sarafian, Ph.D., 2017
Rob Evans, Co-Advisor
Glenn Gaetanni, 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

Insight into Chemical, Biological, and Physical Processes in Coastal Waters from Dissolved Oxygen and Inert Gas Tracers

Cara Manning, Ph.D., 2017
David Nicholson, Co-Advisor
Rachel Stanley, Co-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

Field Observations and Numerical Model Simulations of a Migrating Inlet Syste

Julia Hopkins, Ph.D., 2017
Steve Elgar, 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

Coral Reef Soundscapes: Spatiotemporal Variability and Links to Species Assemblages

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


A Scientific Framework for Evaluating Coral Reef Resilience to Climate Change

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

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

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

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


Geochemistry of Deep-Sea Hydrothermal Vent Fluids from the Mid-Cayman Rise, Caribbean Sea

Jill Marie McDermott, Ph.D., 2015
Jeffrey Seewald, Co-advisor
Christopher German, Co-advisor

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

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

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

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

Mechanical and Geological Controls on the Long-Term Evolution of Normal Faults

Jean-Arthur Olive, Ph.D., 2015
Mark Behn, 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

Lithospheric Dynamics of Earth's Subduction Zones and Martian Tectonic Provinces

Min Ding, Ph.D., 2015
Jian Lin, Advisor

Strong Wind Events Across Greenland's Coast and their Influences on the Ice Sheet, Sea Ice, and Ocean

Marilena Oltmanns, Ph.D., 2015
Fiamma Straneo, Advisor


Investigating the Role of Trichodesmium spp. in the Oceanic Nitrogen Cycle Through Observations and Models

Elise Olson, Ph.D., 2014
Dennis McGillicuddy, 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