Aquaculture, alumni, and more…

The Future of Aquaculture

Juvenile Mahi-Mahi

Juvenile Mahi-Mahi

UM Rosenstiel School Professor of Marine Ecosystems and Society Daniel Benetti published an essay on the future of aquaculture in the current issue of The Journal of Ocean Technology.

“In the field of aquaculture, technology has evolved at an enormous pace during the last two decades. Advances in technology are allowing all of us involved in the field, from scientists to operators, to address and tackle most, if not all, contentious issues in aquaculture.”

“Modern aquaculture relies on advanced technologies to produce wholesome seafood for human consumption. Indeed, aquaculture has become as important as farming and agriculture, currently contributing over 50% of wholesome seafood for human consumption worldwide. Aquaculture production continues to increase exponentially and is the fastest growing food production sector, having surpassed beef production in 2012-13 (66 million metric tons vs. 63 million metric tons). “

Read Dr. Benetti’s article in the JOT issue titled “Changing Tides in Ocean Technology,” (Volume 9 Number 2 (Jul. – Oct. 2014), An electronic subscription is required for full access to the issue.

Award-winning Student

MPO student Jie He

Jie He

UM Rosenstiel School Ph.D student Jie He was recently awarded “Outstanding Presentation for Students and Early Career Scientists” at the 7th International Scientific Conference on the Global Water and Energy Cycle, which took place in the Hague, Netherlands in July 2014. He is a Meteorology and Physical Oceanography  student studying the role of sea surface temperature pattern change in a warming climate in  Professor Brian Soden’s lab.


Alumnus Appoint President of Penn State University

Eric  J. Barron

Eric J. Barron

UM Rosenstiel School alumnus Eric Barron recently took the helm as president of Penn State University. Barron received his Master of Science (’76) and Ph.D (’80) in oceanography from the UM Rosenstiel School. In addition, he spent one year as an associate professor at UM before taking up a new post at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado.

Barron has a distinguished resume, as the former President of Florida State University he lead the university’s rise to a U.S. News & World Report ranking as the most efficiently operated university in the nation. His expertise in the areas of climate, environmental change and oceanography, among other earth science topics, have led to extensive service for the federal government and the international community. Read more on about Penn State’s new president here.



Honors and Awards

Editor-in-Chief Nick Shay

Rosenstiel School Professor Dr. Nick Shay

Rosenstiel School Professor Dr. Nick Shay

Rosenstiel School Professor Lynn “Nick” Shay will take on the role of Editor-in-Chief of the Elsevier journal Dynamics of Atmospheres and Oceans this July.

Shay, a professor in the Department of Ocean Sciences at the UM Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, has been an active member of the Dynamics of Atmospheres and Oceans Editorial Board for a number of years.

His research interests include experimental and theoretical investigations of the ocean response and coupled air-sea

interactions during hurricanes, airborne oceanographic profiling of upper ocean variability, coastal oceanographic process studies, and high frequency (HF) and satellite radar remote sensing to examine the linkages between surface signatures and upper ocean structure. He has authored over ninety peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters and has chaired or served on thirty student committees.

He serves on various panels and committees: Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association Board of Directors; National Federation of Regional Association National HF Radar Steering Team; NSF and NOAA Hurricanes at Landfall Co-chair; NOAA Hurricane Forecast Improvement Project Observing and Coupled Modeling Teams; Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System-Regional Association Observations Committee; and the NASA Hurricane Science Team. Internationally, he has been the Oceanic Impacts and Air-Sea Interaction rapporteur for the World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) International Workshop for Tropical Cyclones; panel member of the WMO Landfall Processes; and HFR Oceanography Workshops.

He is also a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and was part of a NASA Group Achievement Award for his work with satellite altimetry during the Genesis and Rapid Intensity (GRIP) Program conducted in the fall of 2010.

Teaching Assistant Excellence Award Winners

RSMAS campusCongratulations to the 2013-14 Rosenstiel School Teaching Assistant (TA) Excellence Award Winners!

Undergraduate Lecture: Stacy Aguilera

Undergraduate Lab: I-Kuan Hu

Graduate Course: Bruce Pholot

“There were many nominees for these awards this year, and the competition was tough,” said Amy Clement, Rosenstiel School professor and associate dean for graduate studies. “Thanks to all the TAs and faculty for the hard work. We look forward to continuing to make it a very valuable experience for all involved in the coming years!”

Alumni News

Rosenstiel School alumna Dr. Linda Duguay

Rosenstiel School alumna Dr. Linda Duguay

Rosenstiel School alumna Linda Duguay has been elected president of the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO), the largest international organization devoted to the aquatic sciences. She has been elected for the 2016-2018 term.

Duguay received her M.S. degree in 1973 from the Rosenstiel School where she focused her studies on the ecology of the ctenophore Mnemiopsis mccradyi in Biscayne Bay followed by a Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography for her research on calcium metabolism and photosynthetic carbon fixation in benthic Foraminifera symbiotic with microalgae.

Duguay is director of the University of Southern California (USC) Sea Grant Program and director of research for the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies at USC.


Student and Alumni: Award Winners

UM Rosenstiel School Awards

Honghai Zhang, recipient of the Frank J. Millero Prize with UM Rosenstiel School Professor Amy Clement.

Honghai Zhang, recipient of the Frank J. Millero Prize with UM Rosenstiel School Professor Amy Clement.

Honghai Zhang is the recipient of the Frank J. Millero Prize. In honor of long-serving Rosenstiel School Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Frank Millero, the Millero Prize is awarded annually to a Rosenstiel School Ph.D. student whose single or first-authored peer-reviewed publication is original and significant enough to merit special recognition (best student publication). Zhang was awarded the prize for the 2013 paper, titled ‘South Pacific Meridional Mode: A Mechanism for ENSO-like Variability,’ published in the Journal of Climate.

Robert Letscher, Postdoctorate researcher at the University of California, Irvine is the recipient of the F.G. Walton Smith Prize for his research of “Controls on dissolved organic matter distribution and fate in the ocean.”

MPO graduate Falko Judt and MBF graduate student Andrew Kempsell are the most recent recipients of the Koczy Prize. In honor of the late Dr. Fritz Koczy, this prize is intended to provide support for a doctoral candidate in his/her final year.

Judt joined the UM Rosenstiel School as an undergrad in meteorology in 2006 and as a MPO grad student in 2008. He is currently a PhD student in MPO under Shuyi Chen and serves as president of the local Chapter of the American Meteorological Society.  Kempsell received his B.S. in biology in 2009 from the University of California, Los Angeles and is currently a Ph.D. candidate studying aging-related changes in the nervous system of Aplysia californica under Lynne Fieber.

MPO graduate student Elizabeth Wong received the Dean’s Prize in recognition of her achievement at the master’s level for the outstanding thesis in marine and atmospheric science. Wong is currently a Ph.D. student in MPO with Peter Minnett studying “Retrieval of the Skin Sea Surface Temperature Using Hyperspectral Measurements From the Marine-Atmospheric Emitted Radiance Interferometer.”

Alumni Awards

UM Rosenstiel School Alumnus Doug Capone

UM Rosenstiel School Alumnus Doug Capone

UM Rosenstiel School Alumnus Douglas G. Capone is the winner of the 2014 DuPont Industrial Biosciences Award in Applied and Environmental Microbiology from the American Society for Microbiology for his outstanding accomplishments as a marine microbiologist. Capone received his Ph.D. from the UM Rosenstiel School in 1978 and is currently a faculty member at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

“His contributions to our understanding of the factors controlling biological nitrogen fixation in the oceans have strongly influenced numerous researchers and the development of important ideas in biogeochemistry and biological oceanography,” says Bess Ward, Princeton University.

His research focuses on the importance of marine microbes in major biogeochemical cycles, particularly those of nitrogen and carbon, with particular reference to physical, chemical, and biotic controls on key microbial processes. He is a leading expert on the marine N cycle and has produced two highly regarded edited volumes on the topic. Capone has studied diverse ecosystems at remote field stations and on over 30 oceanographic expeditions. He has also made a major contribution to the development of human resources in oceanography and environmental science by mentoring students of all levels.

Ladies and gentlemen, Dr. Gentemann! Congratulations to RSMAS Alum on Well-Deserved AGU Recognition

photoChelle L. Gentemann, Ph.D., senior principal scientist at Remote Sensing Systems (RSS) and RSMAS Alumna (pictured here with her kids) is the recipient of this year’s Falkenberg Award.  The award, jointly sponsored between the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and  the Earth Science Information Partnership (ESIP), is given to a scientist under age 45 who has contributed to the quality of life, economic opportunities and stewardship of the planet through the use of Earth science information.

While at RSMAS Chelle served as a graduate research assistant in the laboratory of UM Professor Peter Minnett, working on physical models of daytime warming to establish better approaches to the interpretation of satellite-derived SSTs, and on the improved uncertainty error characterization of satellite-derived SSTs using shipboard radiometers.

“We are very proud of Chelle’s accomplishments. She was a very conscientious and highly-motivated student, earning several awards for “Best Student Papers” at scientific meetings of the AGU and the American Meteorological Society during her time here. The Falkenberg Award is well-deserved and shows the respect that Chelle has earned from her peers in the world-wide satellite oceanography research and operational communities,” said Minnett.

Her current research at RSS focuses on the extraction of accurate geophysical variables from measurements of imaging microwave radiometers on earth observation satellites. Exploiting the fact that microwave radiation emitted by the sea surface is largely unaffected by clouds as it propagates through the atmosphere, Chelle’s research includes the calibration of microwave radiometer and validation of sea surface temperature, studying the modification of sea-surface temperature (SST) by tropical cyclones and the daily heating and cooling of the upper ocean. She also contributes to improvements to the blending of SSTs derived from infrared and microwave radiometers.

She is also a lead-PI of the MISST (Multi-sensor Improved SST) project, which is a multi-institutional research effort to improve the accuracies and demonstrate applications of satellite SSTs. She participates in the National Research Council Committee on Earth Science and Applications from Space, the NASA SST Science Team, the JAXA GCOM AMSR2 Science Team, the Group for High Resolution SST (GHRSST) Science Team and Advisory Council, and is active in the GHRSST Diurnal Warming, Sea Ice, Multi-Product Ensemble, and Data Management Working Groups.  She is also a member of the AGU, American Meteorological Society, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Chelle received her Ph.D. in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography from UM’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science in 2007.  She attended the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, where she received her Master’s in Physical Oceanography, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she completed her Bachelor’s in Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences.


Getting Back into The Swim of Things at the ‘U’

R.J. Dunlap Marine Conservation Program multimedia specialist and University of Miami School of Communication alumus Christine Shepard shows her school spirit during a shark tagging trip.  The team is getting ready to welcome a new group of interns and dive into the new school year! Check out RJD’s site for the lastest news and info, including an appearance on NatGeo TV’s “Monster Fish.”


RSMAS Alum Jennifer Jurado Named “Champion of Change”

Dr. Jennifer Jurado has been recognized as a “Champion of Change” by the Obama administration. Jennifer, who is the director of the Natural Resources Planning and Management Division in Broward County, was one of 12 people nationwide nominated for this honor. She was recognized by the White House as a ‘Climate Resilience Leader’ for her efforts in South Florida. Whitehouse Ceremony

Jennifer began doing research with Professor Gary Hitchcock while an undergraduate, and went on to complete her Ph.D. on Harmful Algal Blooms in his laboratory. In 2012, Jurado was recognized by the Florida Engineering Society – Broward County Chapter for Outstanding Service to the Profession. More recently, she has played a key role in the adoption of a four-county South Florida Regional Climate Change Compact and in the formulation of a Regional Climate Action Plan. Jennifer also helped to launch a multi-county initiative to address sea level rise and other regional consequences of climate change.
Jennifer Jurado
Congratulations to Jennifer for truly making a difference!