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The Center for Ocean Observing Leadership maintains a global presence with regular collaboration with partners world wide


Each semester the members of RUCOOL hold a 1.5 credit course in which undergrads are provided with the data and resources to conduct their own team based research projects.

The Rutgers University Center of Ocean Observing Leadership (RU COOL) integrates across interdisciplinary scientific research, education and outreach using an operational ocean observing system. Faculty and students comprising the scientific teams participate in collaborative research programs in which academic, industry and government partnerships are forged between physicists and biologists, between scientists and engineers, and between observationalists and modelers. The education group is the focal point for outreach activities to the K-12 community and to non-science majors within Rutgers and schools/universities around the world. The Operations Center maintains a sustained coastal ocean observatory that provides real-time ocean data to the research and education groups and also serves as the training ground for Operational Oceanography students.

Why study at Rutgers?

Stukel, M. R., Asher, E., Couto, N., Schofield, O., Strebel, S., Tortell, P., Ducklow, H. W. The imbalance of new and export production in the Western Antarctic Peninsula, a potentially “leaky” ecosystem. Global Biogeochemical Cycles Doi: 10.1002/2015GB005211

Brum, J. R., Hurwitz, B. L., Schofield, O., Ducklow, H. W., Sullivan, M. B. 2015. Seasonal time bombs: Dominant temperate viruses affect Southern Ocean microbial dynamics. The ISME Journal. doi:10.1038/ismej.2015.125

Sipler, R. E., McGuinness, L. M., Kirkpatrick, G. J., Kerkhof, L. J., Schofield, O. 2014. Bacteriocidal effects of brevetoxin on natural bacterial communities. Harmful Algae doi:10.1016/j.hal.2014.04.009

Sailley, S., Doney, S. C., Ducklow, H., Moeller, H., Schofield, O., Fraser, B. 2013. Carbon fluxes and pelagic ecosystem dynamics around the West Antarctic Peninsula Adelie penguin colonies: An inverse model analysis. Marine Ecology Progress Series doi:10.3354/MEPS10534

Sipler, R. E., Bronk, D. A., Seitzinger, S. P., Lauck, R. J., McGinness, L. M., Kirkpatrick, G. J., Heil, C. A., Kerkhof, L., Schofield, O. 2013. Trichodesmium sp. derived dissolved organic matter is a source of nitrogen capable of supporting the growth of toxic red tide Karenia brevis. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 483: 31-45 doi: 20.3354/MEPS10258.

Saba G. K., Schofield O., Torres J. J., Ombres E. H., Steinberg D. K. 2012. Increased feeding and nutrient excretion of adult Antarctic krill, Euphausia superba, exposed to enhanced carbon dioxide (CO2). PLoS ONE 7(12): e52224. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0052224

Mass, T., Drake, J., Haramaty, L., Rosenthal, Y., Schofield, O., Sherrell, R., Falkowski, P. G. 2012. Aragonite precipitation from nano-polyps in coral cell culture. Plos One 7(4): e35049

Ballantyne F., Schofield, O., Levin, S. A. 2011. Featured article: The emergence of regularity and variability in marine ecosystems: The combined role of physics, chemistry and biology. Scientcia Marina 75(4): 719-731. doi: 10.3989/scimar.2011.75n4719

Yi, C., Grobunov, M., Schofield, O., Falkowski, P. G. 2011. Energy storage efficiency of photosynthesis in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii based on microsecond photoacoustics. Photosynthesis Research 108:215–224. DOI 10.1007/s11120-011-9682-9

Cermeno, P., Baek-Lee, J., Wyman, K., Schofield, O., Falkowski, P. G. 2011. The frequency of nutrient pulses controls the rate of competitive exclusion in phytoplankton. Marine Ecology Progress Series doi: 10.3354/meps09088

Oliver, M., Bidle, K., Schofield, O. 2010. Density dependent expression of a diatom retrotransposon. Marine Genomics. doi:10.1016/j.margen.2010.08.006

Dubinsky, Z., Schofield, O. 2009. Photosynthesis under extreme low and high light in the world’s oceans. Hydrobiologia. DOI 10.1007/s10750-009-0026-0

Cermeno, P., Dutkiwicz, S., Harris, R. P., Follows, M., Schofield, O., Falkowski, P. G. 2008. The role of nutricline depth in regulating the ocean carbon cycle. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. doi:10.1073.pnas.0811302106

Kahl, A., Vardi, A., Schofield, O. 2008. Feature Article: Effect of phytoplankton physiology on export flux. Marine Ecology Progress Series 354: 3-19.

Finkel, Z. V., Sebbo, J., Feist-Burkhardt, S., Irwin, A. J., Katz, M. E., Schofield, O., Young, J. R., Falkowski, P. G. 2007. A universal driver of macroevolutionary change in the size of marine phytoplankton over the Cenozoic. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 104(51): 20416-20420. doi/10.1073/pnas.0709381104.

Litchman E., Klausmeier C. A., Schofield O., Falkowski P. G. 2007. The role of functional traits and trade-offs in structuring phytoplankton communities: scaling from cellular to ecosystem level. Ecology Letters. 10: 1170-1181.

Oliver, M., Petrov, D., Ackerley, D., Falkowski, P. G. Schofield, O. 2007. The mode and tempo of genome size evolution in eukaryotes. Journal of Genome Research. doi/10.1101/gr.6096207.

Litchman, E., Klausmeier, C. A., Miller, J. R., Schofield, O., Falkowski, P. G. 2006. Multi-nutrient, multi-group model of the present and future oceanic phytoplankton communities. Biogeosciences 3: 585-606.

Wolfe-Simon, F., Trey, A., Starovoytov, V., Reinfelder, J. R., Schofield, O., Falkowski, P. G. 2006. The localization and role of MnSOD in diatoms. Plant Physiology DOI:10.1104/pp.106.088963

Schofield, O., J. Kerfoot, K. Mahoney, M. Moline, M. Oliver, S. Lohrenz, and G. Kirkpatrick 2006. Vertical migration of the toxic dinoflagellate Karenia brevis and the impact on ocean optical properties. Journal of Geophysical Research, 111, C06009, doi:10.1029/2005JC003115

Iglesias-Rodriguez, D., Schofield, O., Batley, J., Probert, I., Medlin, L.K., Hayes, P.K. 2006. Intraspecific genetic diversity in the marine coccolithophorid Emiliania huxleyi: The use of microsatellite analysis in marine phytoplankton populations studies. Journal of Phycology doi: 10.1111/j.1529-8817.2006.00231 526-536.

Irwin, A., Finkel, Z., Schofield, O., Falkowski P. 2006. Scaling-up from nutrient physiology to the size-structure of phytoplankton communities. Journal of Plankton Research 28: 1-13.


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