Lab News

  • Happy Fathers Day to the Dads in the lab! Steve Auscavitch did an awesome Father’s Day video while at sea:
  • Congratulations to Allie Cole, the 2021 Winner of the Lara Vincent Award for excellence and creativity in undergraduate research! So very-well deserved, Allie!

  • Kudos to Coretta Granberry, the 2021 Winner of the Binland Lee Service Award for excellent community engagement with the BU Marine Program. Definitely a perfect match, Coretta!

  • Congratulations to Greg Pelose and Allie Cole for successfully defending their honors theses! Great job!!!

  • Congratulations to Isabela Trumble, who is now our Senior Research Technician! She is working with the Rotjan, Buston, Davies, and Kaufman Labs in the Biology Department. Welcome to the team, Isa! So glad to have you!!

  • Congratulations Rotjan Lab seniors! We are so proud of you, and had so much fun having Zoom “Senior Paint Night” with you!

  • Congratulations BUMP and Biology seniors! Well done!

  • Congratulations to Isabela Trumble, who was awarded the BU Marine Program 2020 Binland Lee Service Award – a major accomplishment honoring the many contributions Isa has made to BUMP during her four years at BU. Well-done, Isa!

  • Congratulations to EVERYONE on the end of a crazy semester! We celebrated with an online, zoom magic show. It was amazing. :-)

  • Congratulations to 2nd year Rotjan Lab graduate student Caroline Fleming, who was awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship!! We are so proud!!

  • Congratulations to incoming PhD student Jacob Jaskiel on two counts: congrats for officially being accepted to the BU Biology Graduate Program, and for being awarded an NSF GRFP Honorable Mention! We are so psyched to have you in the lab!

  • Congratulations to BU senior Olivia (Livy) Golini, who was awarded the CAS College Prize in Marine Science! 
  • Congratulations to Rotjan Lab masters student Caroline Fleming, who was awarded an RCN travel grant to go to San Diego to work on modeling the Dynamic Energy Budget (DEB) of Astrangia poculata corals. Great work, Caroline!

  • Randi went to the Ocean Sciences meeting in San Diego (#OSM20) and presented work from “My Deep Sea, My Backyard” and the recent CAPSTONE analysis with Brian Kennedy and Kasey Cantwell. Chaotic but exhilarating to be around thousands of ocean scientists from around the globe!
  • Allie Cole was in an awesome vlog about her trip to the Phoenix Islands summer 2019. Great job, Allie! 
  • Three cheers for Laura DiRoberts, who won the inaugural Denton Award for Excellence in Masters Theses in Biology. Congratulations, Laura!! 
  • Congratulations to nasters student Caroline Fleming, who was awarded a Marine Technology Society Graduate Fellowship! Wahoo!

  • Randi just got back from the 17th Phoenix Islands Protected Area Conservation Trust meeting. 17th. WOW.

  • In May, Ph.D. student Brian Kennedy was invited to be a panelist at the European Commission’s workshop on “Marine genetic resources in areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ): bridging policy, law, science and research and development” held in Brussels, Belgium. The main focus of the workshop was to explore and develop possible pragmatic options with regard to the issues that have emerged as part of the BBNJ negotiations. Brian’s talk, presented in collaboration with Randi and with Dr. Peter Girgis from Harvard, focused on the logistical constraints of deep sea exploration and novel ways to use genetic resources for conservation and ecology research. Great job, Brian!

  • Nice job on your 4th year talk, Anna Gauthier. Well done! ;-)

 

  • Randi won the BU Marine Program Directors Award. Thank you, BUMP…. what a team.

  • On the road again! Randi gave an invited talk at the UN (on invitation of His Excellency Ambassador Tito and generously hosted by the Fiji mission) on the science and conservation of the Phoenix Islands Protected Area.

  • And the final defense for the year (drumroll please), presenting the fabulous Master Laura DiRoberts!! 
  • The Rotjan Lab was very honored to host Nabuti in the lab (from Kiribati) for a few days. He met our students and even worked on the microscope. Just a typical day on the job for the Executive Director of the Phoenix Islands Protected Area. Thank you, Nabuti! Ko rab’wa!
  • Jacob Jaskiel and Emma Martin are icthyoplankDONE! Double-header, back-to-back thesis defenses today…. nice job!! 
  • Way to go, Hayley Goss! You did a phenomenal job of defensing your senior honors thesis: “The influence of epibionts on herbivorous grazing dynamics in Caribbean seagrass communities”. So proud! And a grateful thanks to committee members Drs. John Finnerty and Alyssa Novak for their help and support today. :-)
  • Nice job, Caroline Fleming! Caroline has just been accorded an Honorable Mention in the 2019 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) competition, a significant national achievement. Congratulations, Caroline!
  • Congratulations to Emma Martin, who just won the Outstanding Senior Undergraduate Research Award in Biology. Well done, Emma!

 

  • A lab that skates together, stays together! So much fun on the ice.
  • Thanks to all of the awesome students in the lab, Rotjan was named Boston University Supervisor of the Year for 2019! Thanks, team. Much appreciated (also, taking pictures of shiny plaques is harder than I realized….)
    Rotjan recently participated in “Research On Tap”, a series where BU Professors each get 4 minutes to describe their research grouped around a central theme.
  • Rotjan and Kennedy recently contributed to “All Hands on Deck“, the National Ocean Exploration Forum and Boston Oceans Day co-convened by the MIT Media Lab and the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research in November 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

  • The annual #Astrangia Working Group meeting was awesome! Thanks to our fabulous co-hosts Koty Sharp and Sean Grace, and to Roger Williams University for housing and feeding all of us. Great talks by Laura DiRoberts, Caroline Flemming, Jamie Dela Cruz, and Isabela Trumble, with awesome work by Liz Burmester, Adrienne Breef-Pilz, and Alexa Dudek additionally featured. Yeah! Incoming BU PhD student, Brian Kennedy, accompanied Rotjan to Tarawa in June-July 2018 for the kickoff to “My Deep Sea, My Backyard”, funded by NatGeo/MIT Media Lab. You can follow the blog or follow the Twitter hashtag: #MyDeepSeaBackyard
  • A huge congratulations to Dr. Liz Burmester – our first Ph.D. alum! Liz was co-advised by Finnerty, Rotjan, and Kaufman in the BU Biology Department. We are so proud of you! Liz is now a Restoration Biologist at the Billion Oyster Project in NYC. IMG_1378
  • Rotjan recently attended the 15th meeting of the Phoenix Islands Protected Area Conservation Trust, in Long Beach, CA, with former Kiribati President and current UN Ambassador, His Honorable Teburoro Tito. Welcome to the new PIPA Trust partner, the Aquarium of the Pacific.DaRP1sRVMAEsYHf
  • Congratulations to Rotjan Lab student, Lara Hakam, who was just awarded a NOAA Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship!
  • Rotjan is one of the judges for the prestigious National Geographic Marine Protection Prize. Check it out here.
  • Congratulations to Rotjan Lab students Emma Martin and Jamie Dela Cruz on their recent UROP awards.
  • We are so honored to be a part of a new video project with Kate Furby (Tiny Beaker Media) showcasing Kiribati, the Phoenix Islands Protected Area, and the very first PIPA Scholar, Tekateteke Metai. Thanks so much to NatGeo and the Waitt Institute for their support. All the feels… Follow along on our progress here. 
  • The Rotjan Lab is thrilled to welcome Caroline Fleming into the lab as a new masters student, matriculating Spring 2019. Read more about Caroline here.
  • Submit your abstract by May 1! Pacific Deep-Sea Discoveries: Geological and Biological Exploraton, Patterns, and Processes. Topic Editors: RD Rotjan, D Amon, W Chadwick, S Hammond. Special Research Topic. Frontiers in Marine Science. Still accepting manuscripts (abstracts due 5-1-18)!
  • Congratulations to Rotjan Lab student, Nico Colletier, for getting an exciting summer internship at Mote Marine Lab.
  • Our new book chapter is out! We are so excited! Bonaldo, R. and R.D. Rotjan. 2018. A global perspective of parrotfish corallivory. In: The Biology and Ecology of Parrotfishes. A. Hoey, D. Bellwood, and R. Bonaldo, eds. Science Publishers (An imprint of CRC Press / Taylor & Francis Group). 420 pgs. Biology of Parrotfishes
  • The Rotjan Lab is thrilled to welcome Brian Kennedy into the lab as a new PhD student, matriculating Fall 2018. Read more about Brian here. 
  • Check out an amazing blog by Anna Gauthier from her recent expedition to the Phoenix Islands Protected Area aboard the R/V Falkor. Anna is a joint PhD student in the Rotjan and Kagan labs.Anna-LiquidNitro-768x650
  • Congratulations to Rotjan Lab students Emma Martin and Lara Hakam on their recent UROP awards
  • The Rotjan Lab has a good showing at the Ocean Sciences Meeting in Portland, OR in Feb 2018. There were several talks and posters showcasing our work with some exciting collaborators. Rotjan’s talk on microplastics pollution in Astrangia poculata was highlighted in a recent press story.
  • Happy International Womens Day! Rotjan and collaborators are highlighted for their role in the Phoenix Islands Protected Area in the Republic of Kiribati.Slide1
  • Recent alumna, Dr. Liz Burmester, answers questions on Reddit in her new role as a Restoration Ecologist at the Billion Oyster Project in NYC. Nice job, Liz!