Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences and Rutgers Recreation Team up to Provide Undergrads with Scientific Diving Instruction

Rutgers-New Brunswick’s scientific diving class was created through a collaboration between the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences and Rutgers Recreation. The class is taught by Rutgers Recreation’s scuba coordinator, Debbie Miller, and leads to certification as a recreational diver, a rescue diver, and – by the American Academy of Underwater Sciences – a scientific diver. Read the full article , which gives mention to our lab’s fieldwork on clownfish larval dispersal in the Philippines, to find out more!

Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences and Rutgers Recreation Team up to Provide Undergrads with Scientific Diving Instruction

Our lab haiku

From lab meeting this week led by Jennifer Hoey, we developed a “sciku“:

Genomes and climate
Changing across land, sea, sky.
Let’s discover why!

Becca’s research on Science Friday

Becca Selden teamed up with DataSpire’s Kristin Hunter-Thomson to develop an educational resource with Science Friday’s educational director Ariel Zych. The resource teaches 7-12th grade high school students to interpret the impacts of warming oceans on marine ecosystems. Lab members Katrina Catalano, and Lisa McManus provided valuable scientific review of the resource prior to its publication.

Check it out at:

The ocean is changing. As it changes, the ecosystem and the species within the ocean are impacted, sometimes in surprising ways. This is a story about how some of those changes—in temperature, where fish populations live, and the fishing communities that rely upon them—could play out along the Atlantic Coast in the next century. It’s also a story about making predictions and using evidence from data. Here’s how it’s going to work:

  1. Read a story from the docks of New England: What’s changing?
  2. Meet a scientist and think like one: How do we collect data on the oceans?
  3. Think like a fish: Use data to model changes in fish populations.
  4. Make predictions: Use your model to make predictions and inform the community

Tim Dencker’s visit!

Tim Spaanheden Dencker, a PhD Student out of the Technical University of Denmark’s National Institute of Aquatic Resources, just returned home to Denmark after more than three weeks visiting the Pinsky Lab! Tim had a chance to collaborate with members of the lab, and presented on his and others’ work at the National Institute of Aquatic Resources.

Catching clownfish

Diving is well underway here in the Philippines – we (Michelle, Joyce, and Allison) are back for another season studying metapopulation dynamics of reef fish. So far we’ve been visiting the northern sites in our study area in the Albuera municipality and have caught (and released) almost 200 clownfish. See the boat we’re using and the fish we’re looking for below!

Amphiprion clarkii, the yellowtail clownfish, with Heteractis crispa (the anemone). An anemone tag is visible above.

Pinsky Post-docs don’t stop

What do Pinsky post-docs do in hour 18 of a 36 hour trip? Work of course. Pictured here are half of our 2018 Philippines field work team hard at work in the Hong Kong airport while waiting for a connecting flight. This is only the first leg of our multi-leg journey to reach our study site in Leyte so stay tuned for more updates.