• 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).

    Sage Mitchell

    Master's Student / Teaching Assistant

    Sage earned his dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Marine Science and Biology from Stockton University, where he conducted research on the effects of external environmental stimuli on the growth rates of deepwater coral polyps. Since joining the Greene Lab in 2016, Sage has been investigating the linkage between the increasing rate of ocean acidification and it’s effect on the pitting erosion of pteropod shells along the U.S. west coast. This link will provide further insight into the future loss of this key invertebrate species and the resulting disruption of the marine food web, as pteropods form the base of the food chain in this area. Sage also serves as a graduate teaching assistant and lab instructor for Cornell’s Introductory Oceanography class.

    Celina Scott-Buechler

    Master's Student

    Celina recently 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 is now pursuing an MS/PhD in Chuck's lab, studying the ocean's role in climate action, with particular interest in how marine algae can be used toward negative emissions, sustainable nutrition, and equitable economic opportunity. Ever the "Jack of all trades," Celina is excited by the interdisciplinary nature of her research, which spans physical, natural, and social sciences. Celina remains actively engaged with environmental justice efforts and serves on the board of a national educational nonprofit, the Telluride Association.

    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.