Lead Principal Investigator
Dr. Paul G. Falkowski, Distinguished Professor
phone: (848) 932-3426
Research Interests: Biogeochemical cycles, photosynthesis, biological oceanography, molecular biology, biochemistry and biophysics, physiological adaptation, plant physiology, evolution, mathematical modeling, symbiosis.
Dr. Linda Godfrey, Assistant Research Professor
room: 233B, Wright Geological Laboratory
phone: (732) 445-3427
Research Interests: Evolution of the nitrogen cycle over geological time; light stable and radiogenic isotope geochemistry; development of paired Hf-Nd isotopes as paleoceanographic tracers; hydrogeology and paleoclimate of the Atacama Desert and Southern Altiplano.
Dr. Maxim Gorbunov, Associate Research Professor
phone: (848) 932-3455
Research Interests: Biological oceanography, coral reefs, biophysics and physiology of photosynthesis, photoreceptors, benthic ecosystems, ocean optics, relationship between physical and biological processes in the ocean, global biogeochemical cycles, remote sensing.
Dr. Jyotirmoy Mondal, Post-doctoral Associate
phone: (865) 771-7736 or (848) 932-3450
Research Interests: Protein biochemistry; Protein evolution; Structural biology; Photosynthesis; Astrobiology; Extremophilic microorganisms
Dr. Corday Selden, Post-doctoral Associate
phone: (848) 445-9899
Research Interests: Role of microbial metabolism in the evolution and maintenance of Earth’s biogeochemical cycles; marine microbial ecology; carbon and nitrogen cycling with specific expertise in N2 fixation; biophysical coupling and coastal ocean dynamics; protein-metal interactions.
Other Staff/Research Members
Beatrice Birrer, Senior Program Coordinator
phone: (848) 932-3436
Liti Haramaty, Laboratory/Technical Researcher
phone: (848) 932-3464
Research Interests: Programmed Cell Death in phytoplankton and its role in bloom demise, and in response to stress and viral infection. Coral bleaching and response of corals and zooxanthellae to stress. The role of apoptosis in coral death after a bleaching event.
Kevin Wyman, Laboratory Researcher
phone: (848) 932-3428
Research Interests: As Lab Manager, my research interest parallels those of the entire group. I help people in the group with technical support, procurement, proper maintenance and use of research instrumentation while also overseeing adherence to proper lab safety procedures.
Renna Yi, Graduate Student
Research Interests: Mathematical modeling of catalysis and autocatalysis, prebiotic chemistry.
Nolan Fehon, Undergraduate Student
Major: Marine Science
Research Interests: How microbial metabolisms relate to environmental limitations and evolution.
Paula Santana, Undergraduate Student
Major/Minor: Major – Chemical Engineering, Minor – Cinema Studies
phone: (973) 489-5153
Research Interests: Climate change, marine photosynthesis, biophysical chemistry.