• Lab Members

    Chuck Greene

    Principal Investigator

    Professor Greene’s research interests range from the ecological dynamics of marine animal populations to the effects of global climate change on ocean ecosystems. More recently, he has led an international consortium of universities and other organizations conducting algal bioenergy research to help develop pathways for transitioning from fossil fuels to more sustainable energy sources.


    Professor Greene also combines his research and educational interests in ocean science and technology by promoting innovative training opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. Since 1993, he has organized 25 courses in marine bioacoustics, which have trained over 300 students from 32 countries. Professor Greene also supervises the Cornell-WHOI Masters of Engineering Program in Ocean Science and Technology.

    Bruce Monger

    Dr. Bruce Monger received his PhD in Oceanography from the University of Hawaii, Manoa in 1993. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland for two years before coming to Cornell in 1997 as a Senior Researcher, and more recently a Senior Lecturer, in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. Bruce’s research centers on the use of satellite observations to study how natural variability in ocean dynamics impacts marine ecosystems at ocean basin and global scales. He teaches a highly popular course at Cornell University: “Introductory Oceanography” with an attendance that has grown to over 1000 students. A major theme of the course centers on environmental threats to the ocean and the importance of citizen activism to pressure leaders to act now to make a more sustainable world that is fair to future generations. His course was featured as part of a New York Times article on 10 interesting courses in the United States (http://nyti.ms/1o0Gu5u).

    Celina Scott-Buechler

    Master's Student

    Celina's graduate work investigates global food security under population growth and climate change. Specifically, she's interested in how marine microalgae, which require neither freshwater nor arable land, can be used to bridge the sustainable nutrition gap. Having lived in five countries on four continents, Celina is eager to produce applied work that promotes food security and climate justice. Celina also completed her undergraduate education at Cornell University, studying anthropogenic climate change and natural climate variability as drivers of Caribbean coral bleaching. Her senior honors thesis on this topic was supervised by Chuck and received highest Latin honors. Celina remains actively engaged with environmental justice efforts and serves on the board of a national educational nonprofit, the Telluride Association.

    Arjun Lev Pillai Hausner

    Master's Student

    As a NOAA Hollings Scholar, Arjun developed a dynamic ocean management tool for regulating ship traffic in the southern California bight. When implemented, this tool allows marine managers to optimally reduce the risk of blue whale mortalities due to ship strikes. Arjun has also tested the efficacy of using low-cost bioacoustics tools to monitor humpback whales in Hawai’i. For his Master’s thesis, he is interested in developing adaptive management strategies—that incorporate predictive and active monitoring—to effectively meet marine conservation goals. In his free time, Arjun enjoys baking sourdough bread or working on other cooking projects that he shares with online Instagram and Facebook communities (@whysosourdough).

    Erin Meyer-Gutbrod

    PhD Student (Graduated)


    Erin completed her PhD in the Greene lab examining the role of remote climate linkages in the Arctic and North Atlantic on Gulf of Maine ecology. These oceanographic processes explain changes in the demography and behavior of the endangered North Atlantic right whale and provide critical insight into species management and conservation. Erin has also contributed to the development of acoustic capabilities on the LRI Wave Glider ocean sensing platforms for use in coastal pelagic species stock assessment. Since joining the University of California Santa Barbara Marine Science Institute as a postdoctoral scholar, Erin is researching the underwater ecology of offshore oil and gas platforms in Southern California to inform the platform decommissioning process.