School of the Environment

Jennifer Cherrier, Ph. D.
Associate Professor, Aquatic Sciences
Fredric Humphries Science Research Center, rm 318
School of the Environment (SoE)
Florida A&M University
1515 South Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Tallahassee, FL 32307

Electronic mail:
Telephone Numbers: 850-561-2134
Fax: 850-561-2248


  • Ph.D. Biogeochemical Oceanography, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL; 1997
  • M.S. Biological Oceanography, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL; 1992
  • B.S. Biology/Environmental Science, Florida International University, Miami, FL; 1989
  • A.A., Indian River Community College, Fort Pierce, FL; 1986

Professional Experience

  • Editor-in-Chief, Limnology and Oceanography e-Lectures (new ASLO pub series) 2010 - present
  • Deputy Director, NOAA/FAMU Environmental Cooperative Science Center 2010-2012
  • Associate Professor, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL 2005- present
  • Assistant Professor, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL 1999- 2005
  • NSF Post-Doctoral Fellow, Postdoctoral Fellowship in Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology Education 1998-1999
  • DOE Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL 1997-1998

Research Interests

Biogeochemistry of aquatic environments with emphasis on carbon and nitrogen cycling and flux; aquatic microbial ecology; harmful algal blooms; hydrocarbon bioremediation; coastal zone management; aquatic science education; ecosystem-based mitigation strategies for surface and subsurface flow contaminant loading.

Scholarly Products


  1. Cherrier, J., Valentine, SK., Hamill, B., Jeffrey, W.H. and J. F. Marra.  Light-mediated release of dissolved organic carbon by phytoplankton. Journal of Mar. Sys.  in press 
  2. Cherrier, J. Introductory Oceanography Fundamental Lectures.  Limnology and Oceanography e-Lectures.  in press
  3. Cherrier, J., Sarkodee-Adoo, J., Guilderson, T., and J.P. Chanton. 2013. Fossil carbon in particulate organic matter in the Gulf of Mexico following the Deep Water Horizon event. Environmental Science & Technology Letters. DOI: 10.1021/ez400149c
  4. Chanton, J.P., Cherrier, J., Wilson, R.M., Sarkodee-Adoo, J., Bosman, S., Mickle, A., and W.M. Chaham.  2012.  Radiocarbon evidence that carbon from the Deepwater Horizon spill entered the planktonic food web of the Gulf of Mexico.  Environ. Res. Lett. 7  045303 (4pp),  doi:10.1088/1748-9326/7/4/045303
  5. Dorsett, A., Cherrier, J., Martin, J.B. and J.E. Cable.  2011. Assessing hydrologic and biogeochemical controls on pore-water dissolved inorganic carbon cycling in a subterranean estuary: A 14C and 13C mass balance approach.  Marine Chemistry, 127 (1-4):77-89, doi:10.1016/j.marchem.2011.07.007 
  1. Henry, N. D., Robinson, L., Johnson, E., Cherrier, J. and M. Abazinge.  2011.  Phenanthrene Emulsification and Biodegradation using Rhamnolipid Biosurfactants and Acinetobacter Calcoaceticus, in vitr.  Bioremediation Journal, 15: 109-120.
  2. Pataki, D. E., Carreiro, M.M., Cherrier, J., Grulke, N.E, Jennings, V., Pincetl, S., Pouyat, R.V., Whitlow, T.H., and W. C. Zipperer. 2011. Coupling biogeochemical cycles in urban environments: Ecosystem services, green solutions, and misconceptions. Front Ecol Environ 2011, 9(1): 27–36, doi:10.1890/090220
  3. Roy, M., Martin, J.B., Cherrier, J., Cable, J.E., Smith, C.G.  2010.  Influence of sea level rise on iron diagenesis in an east Florida subterranean estuary.  Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 74: 5560-5573.
  4. Bolques, A., Cherrier, J., Abazinge, M. and G. Matungwa.  2010.  Installation of a bioretention/rain garden to mitigate agricultural irrigation runoff from a container plant nursery.  Proc. Fla. State  Hort. Soc. 123: 1-4.
  1. Chauhan, A., Cherrier, J. and H.N. Williams.  2009.  Impact of sideways and bottom-up control factors on bacterial community succession over a tidal cycle.  PNAS 106 (11): 4301-4306. doi 10.1073/pnas.0809671106
  2. Dittmar, T., Cherrier, J., and K. Ludwichowski. 2009, Dissolved and Particulate Amino Acids     Practical Guidelines in the Analysis of Seawater - Chapter 5. In Practical Guidelines in the Analysis of Seawater (ed) Oliver Wurl.CRC Press, Florida p 67-78.
  3. Surratt, D., Cherrier, J.,  Cable, J. and L. Robinson.  2008.  Historical changes in N,C, P, and isotope ratios in Apalachicola Bay Florida. Journal of Coastal Research, 24(3):660-671.  doi 10.2112/06-0717.1
  4. Martin, J.B., Cable, J,E., and J. Cherrier.  2007.  Relative magnitudes of submarine ground water discharge from marine and terrestrial sources: Indian River Lagoon, Florida. Water Resources Research. Water Resources Research 43, W05440, doi:10.1029/2006WR005266
  5. Bolques, A., Valentine, S., Cherrier, J., and M. Abazinge.  2007.  Rain Garden installation:  Site and soil conditions.  Proc. Fla. State  Hort. Soc. 120:349-350.
  6. Smith, C.G., Cable, J.E., Martin, J.B., Cherrier, J. and Roy, M., 2006. Mixing in the subterranean estuary:  a comparison of Radon-222 pore water models. In: V.P. Singh and Y.J. Xu (Editors), Annual American Institute of Hydrology Meeting & International Conference:  Challenges in Coastal Hydrology and Water Quality. Water Resources Publications, LLC, Baton Rouge, LA
  7. McCallister, S.L., Bauer, J.E., Cherrier, J., and H. Ducklow.  2004.  Assessing sources and ages of organic matter supporting river and estuarine production:  A multiple isotope (D14C, d13C and d15N) approach.  Limnology and Oceanography, 49(5): 1687-1702 (ASLO 2006 Lindeman Award MS)
  8. Cherrier, J., and J.E. Bauer. 2004. Bacterial utilization of transient plankton-derived dissolved organic carbon and nitrogen inputs in surface ocean waters. Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 35: 229-241
  9. Kerkhof, L., Corredor, J.  Paul, J.P., Bronk, D. López, J. and J.  Cherrier.  2003. Geochemical Rate/RNA Integration Study (GRIST): A Pilot Field Experiment for Inter-Calibration of Biogeochemical Flux and Nucleic Acid Measurements.  EOS, Transactions, American Geophysical Union 84 (18):167-168
  10. Proctor, L.M., Toy, E.  Cherrier, J., Lapham, L. and J. Chanton.  2001.  Enhancement of Orimulsion Biodegradation through the addition of natural marine carbon substrates. Environmental Science and Technology, 35: 1420-1424
  11. Cherrier, J. (ed). 2001. Powerweb:  Oceanography, McGraw-Hill / Dushkin, N.Y., (an on-line peer-reviewed textbook, ISBN # 0072479975) 
  12. Cherrier, J., Bauer, J.E., Druffel, E.R.M., Coffin, R. and J. Chanton.  1999.   Radiocarbon in marine bacteria:  Evidence for the ages of assimilated carbon. Limnology and Oceanography, 44(3):730-736 (ASLO 2001 Lindeman Award MS)
  13. Canton, E., Cherrier, J., Farnsworth, E., Franklin, S., Hufnagel, B., Klopfer, E., Russel, J., and B. Sayler. 1998.  New Niches for Life Scientists.  Science, 282:1265e
  14. Cherrier, J., Bauer, J.E. and E.R.M. Druffel.  1996.  Utilization and turnover of labile dissolved organic matter by bacterial heterotrophs in eastern north Pacific surface waters.  Marine Ecology Progress Series, 139:267-279
  15. Cherrier, J., Burnett, W.C. and P.A. LaRock.  (1995) Uptake of polonium and sulfur by bacteria.  Geomicrobiology Journal, 13:103-115


Ecosystem-based water retention, reuse technology (eco-WEIR, patent pending). Green infrastructure technology for use by homeowners, NGO's municipalities, governments, industry, and agriculture, to mitigate surface and subsurface contaminant loading and help in water conservation. Jennifer Cherrier, Alex Bolques, and Michael Abazinge. 


Cherrier, J. 2011.   Producer, ‘From Education to Exploration: Students at Sea’ video shown at the NOAA Kiosk at The Smithsonian-Ocean Hall in Washington D.C. as well as in the NOAA Kiosks at other museums in the U.S.


Currently Funded Grants    

  1. PI,   National Science Foundation “Outwelling of Dissolved Organic Carbon from Salt Marshes”.  J. Cherrier (FAMU) $45,000 for 1 year.
  2. PI, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration EPP-Cooperative Science Center Cross Center Collaboration. ECSC Lead effort entitled “An Environmental and Economic Assessment of an Activated Green Infrastructure Approach for Managing Urban Stormwater Contaminant Loading to Coastal Waters”.  J. Cherrier Lead PI  (FAMU) with C. Jagoe (FAMU), D. Yoskowitz (TAMU-CC), Y. Klein (CUNY-BC), B. Fekete (CUNY-CC), R. Khanbilvardi (CUNY-CC), V. Morris (Howard Univ), L. White (JSU) & G. Scott (NOAA-NOS/CCHEBR).  Total Excluding faculty, post doc, and student support $105,500 for 2 years.
  3. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “A Regional Ecosystem for the Conservation and Sustainable Management of Coastal and Marine Resources”.  J. Cherrier (Co-PI)  with M. Abazinge (PI and Director) et. al. $14,999,997 for 5 years



Contact Info

1515 S Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
FSH Science Research Center
Tallahassee, Florida 32307

P: (850) 599-3550
F: (850) 599-8183