Rosalynn Sylvan, PhD

Managing Director COBRA

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Ph.D. Marine Sciences (2006), University of Georgia

B.A. Environmental Sciences (1998), University of Virginia

Research Interests

Managing the operations of the NSF AccelNet to accelerate research of the deep sea to inform decision making.



  • Rotjan, R. D., Huber, J., Bell, K. L. C., Fisher, A. T., Wheat, C. G., Sylvan, R., and Orcutt, B. N. 2023. Accelerating deep-sea expedition leadership via a new COBRA Master Class. DOSI/DSBS Deep Sea Life 20:15-16.
  • Albano, P., Anthony, L., Antonio, S., Barnhill, K., Frates, E., Gajigan, A., Jammalamadaka, M. S. S., Ladd, T., Lejzerowicz, F., Niyazi, Y., Ramirez Ortiz, G., Weston, J., Rotjan, R., Huber, J., Fisher, A. T., Wheat, C. G., Sylvan, R., and Orcutt, B. N. 2023. Transferable knowledge in deep-sea expedition leadership: Take-homes from the 2023 COBRA Master Class. DOSI/DSBS Deep-Sea Life 21:29-32.
  • Rotjan, R. D., Bell, K. L. C., Huber, J. A., Wheat, C. G., Fisher, A. T., Sylvan, R. L., McManus, J., Bigham, K. T., Cambronero-Solano, S., Cordier, T., Goode, S., Leonard, J., Murdock, S., Paula, F. S., Ponsoni, L., Roa-Varón, A., Seabrook, S., Schomberg, R., Van Audenhaege, L., and Orcutt, B. N. 2023. COBRA Master Class: Providing deep-sea expedition leadership training to accelerate early career advancement. Frontiers in Marine Science (Ocean Observation: Community Case Study) 10.


  • Reprinted Lee, R. Y., Seitzinger, S., and Mayorga, E. Land-based nutrient loading to LMEs: A global watershed perspective on magnitudes and sources. In: Ocean Sustainability: Assessing and Managing the World’s Large Marine Ecosystems. Eds. Sherman, K., and Peterson, B. Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE) 73.


  • Lee, R. Y., Seitzinger, S., and Mayorga, E. 2016. Land-based nutrient loading to LMEs: A global watershed perspective on magnitudes and sources. Environmental Development 17:220-229.


  • Scharler, U. M., Ulanowicz, R. E., Fogel, M. L., Wooller, M. J., Jacobson-Meyers, M. E., Lovelock, C., Feller, I. C., Frischer, M., Lee, R., McKee, K., Romero, I. C., Schmit, J. P., and Shearer, C. 2015. Variable nutrient stoichiometry (C:N:P) across trophic levels determines community and ecosystem properties in an oligotrophic mangrove system. Oecologia 179(3):863-876.


  • Shank, G. C., Zepp, R. G., Vahatalo, A., Lee, R., Bartels, E. 2010. Photobleaching kinetics of chromophoric dissolved organic matter derived from mangrove leaf litter and floating Sargassum colonies. Marine Chemistry 119:162-171. 2012 EPA Scientific and Technological Achievement Award, Level III.


  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). 2008. Filling Gaps in LME Nitrogen Loadings Forecast for 64 LMEs. GEF/LME global project Promoting Ecosystem-based Approaches to Fisheries Conservation and Large Marine Ecosystems. Eds. Seitzinger, S. Sherman, K., and Lee, R. Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Technical Series No. 79.
  • Lee, R. Y., Porubsky, W. P., Feller, I. C., McKee, K. L., and Joye, S. B. 2008. Porewater biogeochemistry and soil metabolism in dwarf red mangrove habitats (Twin Cays, Belize). Biogeochemistry 87(2):181-198.


  • Lee, R. Y., and Joye, S. B. 2006. Seasonal patterns of nitrogen fixation and denitrification in oceanic mangrove habitats. Marine Ecology Progress Series 307:127-141.


  • Moore, W. S., Krest, J., Taylor, G., Roggenstein, E., Joye, S., and Lee, R. 2002. Thermal evidence of water exchange through a coastal aquifer: Implications for nutrient fluxes. Geophysical Research Letters 29(14):art 1029.


  • Lee, R., Joye, S. B., Roberts, B. J., and Valiela, I. 1997. Release of N2 and N2O from salt marsh sediments subject to different land-derived N loads. Biological Bulletin 193:292-293.

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