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James Sullivan
36, Coastal Institute

Educational Background

Ph.D., Oceanography
M.S., Oceanography
University of Rhode Island
University of Rhode Island

Areas of Specialization


My primary research interests are in ocean optics, bio-physical interactions, phytoplankton physiology, phytoplankton ecology and oceanographic instrument development (autonomous profilers). My current research goals include understanding the biological and physical mechanisms that control the spatial-temporal distribution of optical fine-structure and phytoplankton populations in coastal oceans, the sources of backscattering in the ocean and the optical characteristics of phytoplankton, bio-physical responses of phytoplankton to small-scale turbulence and shear, and the bioluminescence physiology of marine dinoflagellates.


Sullivan, J. M., M. S. Twardowski, J. R. Zaneveld, C. Moore, A. Barnard, P. L. Donaghay & B. Rhoades (2006) -The hyper-spectral temperature and salinity dependent absorption of pure water, salt water and heavy salt water (D2O) in the visible and near-IR wavelengths (400 - 750 nm). Applied Optics, In Press.

Sullivan, J. M., M. S. Twardowski, P.L. Donaghay & S. Freeman (2005) – Using optical scattering to discriminate particle types in coastal waters. Applied Optics, Vol 44 (9): 1667-1680.

Sullivan, J. M., E. Swift, P. L. Donaghay & J. E. B. Rines (2003) - Small-scale turbulence affects the division rate and morphology of two red-tide dinoflagellates. Harmful Algae, 2(3), pp. 183-199.

Sullivan, J. M. & E. Swift (2003) - Effects of small-scale turbulence on the net growth rate and size of ten species of marine dinoflagellates. J. Phycol, 39(1), pp. 83-94.

Sullivan, J. M. & E. Swift (1995) - Photoenhancement of bioluminescence capacity in natural and laboratory populations of the autotrophic dinoflagellate Ceratium fusus (Ehrenb.) Dujardin. J. Geophys. Res. 100 (C4), pp. 6565-6574.


Sullivan, J. M., P. L. Donaghay, J. Rines, M. McFarland & J. Graff (2006) - Optical properties of thin layers in Monterey Bay: analysis and implications. ASLO/AGU Ocean Sciences Meeting, Honolulu, HI, Feb 20-24. Sullivan, J. M., M. S. Twardowski, R. Zaneveld, C. Moore, B. Rhodes & R. Miller. (2004). The hyper-spectral temperature and salinity dependent absorption coefficients of pure water. Ocean Optics XVII, Fremantle, AU. Oct 25-29.

Sullivan, J. M., M. S. Twardowski, C. Moore, B. Rhodes, R. Zaneveld, R. Miller & S. Freeman (2004). Field and laboratory characterization of a new hyper-spectral ac meter (the AC-S). ASLO/TOS Ocean Research Meeting, Honolulu, HI, Feb 15-20.

Sullivan, J. M., M. S. Twardowski, P.L. Donaghay & S. Freeman (2002) - Particulate bulk refractive index distributions in coastal regions as determined from backscattering ratio measurements, Ocean Optics XVI, Santa Fe, NM, Nov 18-22.

Sullivan, J. M., P. L. Donaghay, & M. M. Dekshenieks (1999) - Examination of the temporal and spatial coherence of optical thin-layers using autonomous profilers. ASLO - Santa Fe, NM, Feb.1-5.


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6 years 24 weeks