Graduate Programs

Student-Led Evaluations & Development (SLED)

SLED is a student-led group that represents the academic interests of graduate students at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS). The primary focus of SLED is evaluating the state of mentorship on the RSMAS campus and developing tools and resources for the administration to use in order to effect broad and long-lasting impacts on the programmatic success of student-mentor relationships. This committee is also charged with having a role in facilitating professional and academic development of the RSMAS graduate student body. Click here to view or download the official SLED committee charter (pdf).

Current SLED committee representatives:

Dave Ortiz-Suslow (chair) Christina Pasparakis Sharmila Giri Pete Finocchio
I am a 5th year Ph.D. student in OCE working with Professor Brian Haus in the SUSTAIN Laboratory. My research focuses on air-sea interaction, boundary layer processes, and coastal dynamics. I am originally from California and received my B.Sc. at UC San Diego in 2011. I am a Miami native and I received my B.Sc. in Biology and Ecosystems Science and Policy from the University of Miami (2009) and my M.Sc. in Biology with a concentration in Marine Science from San Francisco State University (2013) under the supervision of Anne Todgham. I am currently a PhD student in the MBE department working in Martin Grosell’s Lab. My research interests include cardiac and overall physiology of embryonic and larval mahi-mahi (Coryphaena hippurus), along with investigating the sublethal effects of the DWH oil spill on the sensitive early life stages of this ecologically and economically important fish species. I am a 4th year PhD student in MGS. My research uses trace element ratios and stable isotopes to study biomineralization in corals. I am particularly interested in understanding the environmental factors that control coral growth over geologic timescales. Hi! I'm your MPO/ATM representative. I'm a 5th year PhD student in Professor Sharan Majumdar's research group studying tropical cyclones (aka "Hurricanes" or "Typhoons") and their interactions with the surrounding environment. I grew up in Boston and moved to Miami in 2005 for my undergraduate studies. A few of my favorite things include food, travel, and music. You can catch me playing some of my favorite music during my weekly show on our beloved college radio station, WVUM.

The RSMAS Outstanding Mentor Award:

Effective mentoring is one of the cornerstones of a fruitful graduate student education. The annual RSMAS Outstanding Mentor Award recognizes a RSMAS faculty or staff member who displays excellent mentoring qualities. The awardee receives a certificate at a school-wide reception and their name is engraved on a plaque and displayed on campus. For current and previous recipients, click here.

The Student - Mentor Relationship Survey:

This survey is administered to the students in order to gather data on the status of student-mentor relationships. This survey has 2 primary goals:

1) Gather data as a means of tracking historical trends in student-mentor interaction at RSMAS

2) Provide analysis that will inform the current administration on how to improve RSMAS graduate mentorship.