Rosalynn Sylvan


Contact Information

Office: AHF 209E


  • B.A. Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia, 1998
  • Ph.D. Marine Sciences, University of Georgia, 2006


  • Managing Director, C-DEBI Science and Technology Center, University of Southern California, 2010
  • Project Manager, DEBI Research Coordination Network, University of Southern California, 2009-2015
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers Universtiy, 2006-2008


  • Journal Article
    Lee, R. Y., Seitzinger, S., Mayorga, E. (2016). Land-based nutrient loading to LMEs: A global watershed perspective on magnitudes and sources. Environmental Development. Vol. 17 (Supplement 1), pp. 220-229. Link
    Scharler, U. M., Ulanowicz, R. E., Fogel, M. L., Wooller, M. J., Jacobson-Meyers, M. E., Lovelock, C. E., Feller, I. C., Frischer, M., Lee, R., McKee, K., Romero, I. C., Schmit, J. P., Shearer, C. (2015). Variable nutrient stoichiometry (carbon:nitrogen:phosphorus) across trophic levels determines community and ecosystem properties in an oligotrophic mangrove system. Oecologia. Vol. 179 (3), pp. 863-876. Link
    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. Vol. 119, pp. 162-171. Link
    Shank, G. C., Lee, R., Vahatalo, A., Zepp, R. G., Bartels, E. (2010). Production of chromophoric dissolved organic matter from mangrove leaf litter and floating Sargassum colonies. Marine Chemistry. Vol. 119, pp. 172-181. Link
    Lee, R. Y., Porubsky, W. P., Feller, I. C., McKee, K. L., Joye, S. B. (2008). Porewater biogeochemistry and soil metabolism in dwarf red mangrove habitats (Twin Cays, Belize). Biogeochemistry. Vol. 87 (2), pp. 181-198. Link
    Lee, R. Y., Joye, S. B. (2006). Seasonal patterns of nitrogen fixation and denitrification in oceanic mangrove habitats. Marine Ecology Progress Series. Vol. 307, pp. 127-141. Link
    Joye, S. B., Lee, R. Y. (2004). Benthic microbial mats: Important sources of fixed nitrogen and carbon to the Twin Cays, Belize ecosystem. Atoll Research Bulletin. (528) PDF
    Joye, S. B., Porubsky, W. P., Weston, N. B., Lee, R. Y. (2003). Benthic microalgal production and nutrient dynamics in intertidal sediments. In: Rullkötter J (ed) BioGeoChemistry of Tidal Flats: Proceedings of a Workshop held at the Hanse Institute of Advanced Study, Delmenhorst, Germany, May 14-17, 2003. Forschungszentrum Terramare Berichte. Vol. 12, pp. 67-70.
    Moore, W. S., Krest, J., Taylor, G., Roggenstein, E., Joye, S., Lee, R. (2002). Thermal evidence of water exchange through a coastal aquifer: Implications for nutrient fluxes. Geophysical Research Letters. Vol. 29 (14), pp. 49 1-4. Link
    Lee, R. Y., Joye, S. B., Roberts, B. J., Valiela, I. (1997). Release of N2 and N2O from salt marsh sediments subject to different land-derived N loads. Biological Bulletin. Vol. 193, pp. 292-293. PDF
    Lee, R. Y. (2006). Primary production, nitrogen cycling and the ecosystem role of mangrove microbial mats on Twin Cays, Belize. University of Georgia Dissertation. PDF
    Technical Report
    Seitzinger, S., Sherman, K., Lee, R., Torres, J. (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. UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Technical Series. PDF

Honors & Awards

  • EPA Scientific and Technological Achievement Award, Level III (Link), 2012  





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