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School of the Environment
1515 S Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
305-D FSH Science Research Center
Tallahassee, Florida 32307

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: jennifer.cherrier@famu.edu
Telephone Numbers: 850-561-2134
Fax: 850-561-2248

Ph. D. Biological/Chemical Oceanography, Florida State University, 1997
M.S., Biological Oceanography, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, 1992
B.S. , Biology/ Environmental Science,  Florida International University, Miami, FL 1989

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 Focus
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.

Research Interests
My primary areas of specialization are aquatic biogeochemistry and microbial ecology.  My overall scientific interest as a biogeochemical oceanographer is to better understand how carbon and nitrogen cycling in marine systems impacts estimates of global carbon flux.   My interests lie not only in assessing sources, sinks, and transformations of carbon and nitrogen in time and space but also in assessing those factors that regulate microbial carbon and nitrogen remineralization and assimilation processes.   I am especially interested in evaluating and quantifying processes that impact marine dissolved organic carbon (DOC), one of the largest exchangeable reservoirs of organic carbon at the earth’s surface.  My research combines laboratory and field studies to trace carbon and nitrogen flow through coastal and oceanic systems by coupling nutrient concentration measurements together with measurements of stable isotope and natural radiocarbon abundances. 
Research that I have currently underway involves evaluating the following:  estuarine microbial community response to transient changes in DOM supply; the impact of varying light intensities on phytoplankton DOC/DON release and microbial uptake in coastal and oceanic systems; the impact of submarine groundwater discharge on the export and/or in situ remineralization of buried carbon in nearshore sediments; the effectiveness of bioretention technology (i.e. ‘rain gardens’) to mitigate nutrient loads in urban and agricultural systems;  and the impact of dissolved organic matter utilization by harmful algal bloom (HAB) species on HAB growth and toxin production.  Past research has involved:  sediment carbon and nitrogen concentrations and isotopic signatures to reconstruct historical trends of water column quality and productivity tracing in situ hydrocarbon degradation by indigenous nearshore bacterial populations; and evaluating the cumulative impact of cometabolism and photooxidation on hydrocarbon degradation by indigenous nearshore bacterial populations.
In addition to my ocean science research, I have also been involved in education research.   Since 1997, through funding from the NSF,  I have have developed a postsecondary Ocean Science Concept-driven Interactive (OSCI) teaching model.  The OSCI teaching model has been designed for a typical postsecondary 16-week semester class period and setting (i.e. small classroom of 20-40 students or large lecture hall of 100-150 students).   This model blends both traditional lecture-based and concept-driven/interactive methodologies through the integration of mini-lectures, readings, writing, and focused group discussions.  The ultimate goal of this work is to make this teaching ‘tool’ available to all interested instructors at post-secondary institutions to aid with a transition from a traditional approach for teaching the ocean sciences to one that is more concept-driven, collaborative and interactive.

Selected Publications

Chauhan, A., Cherrier, J., and H.N. Williams. 2009. Impact of Bottom Up and Sideways Control Factors on     Bacterial Community Succession Over a Tidal Cycle.  PNAS, 106(11):4301-4306 DOI 10.1073
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
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 (Δ14C, δ13C and δ15N) approach. Limnology and Oceanography, 49(5):1687-1702-736 (ASLO 2006 Lindeman Award MS)
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
Cherrier, J., J.E. Bauer, E.R.M. Druffel, R. Coffin, 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)
Scholarly Publications
  1. Cherrier, J. Introductory Oceanography Fundamental Lectures.  Limnology and Oceanography e-Lectures.  in press
  1. 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
  2. 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 
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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)
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Cherrier, J. (ed). 2001. Powerweb:  Oceanography, McGraw-Hill / Dushkin, N.Y., http://register.dushkin.com (an on-line peer-reviewed textbook, ISBN # 0072479975) 
  11. 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)
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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 system (eco-WARES, patent pending) for homeowners, NGO’s, 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. co-PI, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “A Regional Ecosystem Approach for the Conservation and Sustainable Management of Coastal and Marine Resources”.  M. Abazinge (PI and Director) et. al. $14,999,997 for 5