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John Marra
Position: Professor
Campus Affiliation: Brooklyn College
Phone: (718) 951-5000 ext. 2594
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., Dalhousie University, 1977
Research Interests: Biological oceanography; ocean productivity; phytoplankton; ocean optics; food from the sea; Jamaica Bay
I came to Brooklyn College in 2007, after a career at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. I have been engaged in a number of oceanographic programs over the years, from the interaction of physical oceanographic processes with biology, how ocean optical properties affect the biology (and vice-versa), and how to understand global ocean primary productivity, from in situ as well as from space-borne sensors. Since coming to Brooklyn College, I've also become interested in Brooklyn's waterways, for example, Jamaica Bay and Prospect Park Lake.

Recent Publications:
"Marra, J.F., T.D. Dickey, A.J. Plueddemann, R.A. Weller, C.S. Kinkade and M. Stramska. 2015. "Phytoplankton Bloom Phenomena in the North Atlantic Ocean and Arabian Sea." ICES Journal of Marine Science, Jan. 8. doi:10.1093/icesjms/fsu241. Cherrier, J., S.K.

Valentine, B. Hamill, W.H. Jeffrey and J.F. Marra. 2015. "Light-mediated release of dissolved organic carbon by phytoplankton." Journal of Marine Systems doi:10.1016/j.jmarsys.2014.02.008.

Marra, J. F., R.D. Vaillancourt, V.P. Lance and B.R. Hargreaves. 2014 "Resolving the Ocean's Euphotic Zone." Deep-Sea Research I 83: 45-50.

Marra, J. 2009. "Net and Gross: Weighing in With 14C." Aquatic Microbial Ecology 56: 123-31.

Marra, J. and Thomas S. Moore II. 2009. "Monsoons, Islands and Eddies: Their Effects on Phytoplankton in the Indian Ocean." The Biogeochemistry of the Indian Ocean. Washington, D.C.: American Geophysical Union. 57-70.

Affiliations: Aquatic Research and Environmental Assessment Center, Brooklyn College Science and Resilience Institute, Brooklyn College