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Meet the ORB Lab Team

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Matthew Oliver
Associate Professor, Patricia and Charles Robertson Professor of Marine Science and Policy 
moliver@udel.edu

Matt started at the University of Delaware in January 2008 after a Post-Doc at Rutgers University. Matt is interested in ocean observing, ocean biogeography, polar ecosystems, coastal ecosystems, remote sensing, phytoplankton, bioluminescence and evolution.

Matt was inspired to be a scientist at Valley Christian High School in Cerritos, CA. He started his college career at Cerritos College in Norwalk CA, and finished his B.S. and M.S. in Biology at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Matt went on to a Ph.D. at Rutgers University in Oceanography.

Matt oversees the Ocean Exploration, Remote Sensing and Biogeography Laboratory (ORB Lab) at the University of Delaware. He is also one of the inaugural members of the Robotic Discovery Laboratories, which opened in August 2014.

 


 

Graduate Students

dhaulsee.jpgDanielle Haulsee
Oceanography, Ph.D. Candidate
dhaulsee@udel.edu

Danielle came to the lab in June 2010 after earning a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Gettysburg College. She is interested in remote sensing of the ocean and biogeography of marine species.  Using satellite imagery, she is characterizing shark habitats in the Atlantic Ocean. By combining shark locations with ocean surface characteristics as measured by satellites, she aims to better understand the environments sharks inhabit. [Profile Page]

 

Matt BreeceMatthew_breece.jpg
Oceanography, Ph.D. Candidate
mwbreece@udel.edu

Matt came to the lab in February 2012 after earning his M.S. in Natural Resources from Delaware State University. Matt is interested is studying the distributions of Atlantic Sturgeon and modeling their distributions. He aims to develop environmentally driven distribution models to understand the past and future of this endangered species. [Profile Page]

 

 

cgoodrichCordie Goodrich
Oceanography, M.S. Student
cordieg@udel.edu

Cordie came to the lab in 2015 after earning a B.A. in Mathematics from Washington College. She is interested in the use of mathematical biology, remote sensing, and autonomous underwater vehicles to improve understanding of the marine environment.[Profile Page]

 

 

joeProfPicJoe Gradone

Oceanography, M.S. Student
jgradone@udel.edu

Joe came to the lab in 2016 after earning a B.A. Geology from the University of Colorado Boulder. He is interested in studying biogeochemical dynamics and climate change through the use of remote sensing and autonomous underwater vehicles.

 

 


Past Members 

egeiger.jpgErick Geiger
Oceanography, M.S., 2011

Erick came to the lab in June 2009 after earning a B.S. in Geology from Rutgers University. Erick is interested in remote sensing of the marine environment.  Based on the characteristics of the ocean's surface, Erick was able to develop a model that predicts coastal salinity.  This model will allow researchers to be able to look at salinity dynamically over time, instead of relying on more general climatologies.

 

 

mgrossi.pngMatthew Grossi
Oceanography, M.S., 2010

In July 2008, Matt joined the lab after earning his B.S. in Oceanography from Florida Institute of Technology.  Matt is particularly interested in ocean-atmosphere interactions and the implications of climate change on the ocean-atmosphere system.  He has worked to develop models that predict the vertical density structure of the ocean based on remotely-sensed sea surface and atmospheric parameters, such as ocean color and surface wind speed. These models provide greater depth to the two-dimensional view provided by satellites and can offer new insights into a changing vertical density structure over time.  

 

UDprofilepic.jpgAlexander R. Davies
Physical Ocean Science and Engineering, M.S. 2015

Alex came to the lab in January 2013, while also working in the Air Sea Interaction Lab.  In 2010 he earned a B.S. in Meteorology and a B.S. in Ocean Sciences and Coastal Studies with a concentration in Physical Oceanography from Millersville University.  Alex worked on analyzing the geospatial distribution of primary production and its' dependence on upper ocean stability parameters, with a focus on the Southern Ocean.  For more information about Alex, check out his website.

 

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Douglas White
Research Associate IV
dw@udel.edu

Doug is a research associate with an interest in data and data systems. He heads up the Ocean Information Center and has been prototyping and developing information systems to assist with the collection, location and dissemination of research data for global projects such as the World Ocean Circulation Data and Information Unit (WOCEDIU), the Global Observing Systems Information Center (GOSIC) and the International Research Vessels Schedules & Information project. He assists with maintaining and operating the lab's Slocum Electric Glider and back-end information systems. [Profile Page]

 

mcimino.jpgMegan Cimino
Oceanography, Ph.D. 2016
mcimino@udel.edu

Megan came to the lab in July 2010 after earning a B.S. in Marine Biology from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo. Megan is interested in studying climate change and trophic interactions through remote sensing. Her thesis involves studying the marine habitat structure of Antarctic and sub-Antarctic penguins from satellite platforms. She aims to characterize penguin breeding habitats and understand the effects of a changing environment on the distribution of different penguin colonies in the past, present and future. [Profile Page]

 

 

Thanks to our many interns over the years: Lauren Wiesebron (2010), Cara Simpson (2012), Eadoh Reshef (2013), Danielle Ferraro (2013), Anastasia Procaccini (2014), Kelly McBride (2014).

 

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