Rosalynn Sylvan

Program Manager
Rosalynn Sylvan
Email Office AHF B18


  • Ph.D. , Marine Sciences, University of Georgia, 2006
  • B.A. , Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia, 1998
    • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Rutgers University, 2006-2008
  • Research, Teaching, Practice, and Clinical Appointments

    • Managing Director, COBRA Network, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, 10/01/2021-

    Other Employment

    • Project Manager, DEBI Research Coordination Network, University of Southern California, 2009-2015
    • Managing Director, C-DEBI Science and Technology Center, University of Southern California, 2010-2023
    • Program Manager, USC, 2023
  • Journal Article

    • Rotjan, R., Bell, K. L., Huber, J., Wheat, C. G., Fisher, A. T., Sylvan, R. L., McManus, J., Bigham, K., Cambronero-Solano, S., Cordier, T., Goode, S., Leonard, J., Murdock, S., Paula, F., Ponsoni, L., Roa-Varon, A., Seabrook, S., Shomberg, R., Van Audenhaege, L., Orcutt, B. (2023). COBRA Master Class: Providing deep-sea expedition leadership training to accelerate early career advancement. Frontiers in Marine Science. Vol. 10
    • 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


    • Albano, P., Anthony, L., Antonio, S., Barnhill, K., Frates, E., Gajigan, A., Jammalamadaka, M., Ladd, T., Lejzerowicz, F., Niyazi, Y., Ramirez Ortiz, G., Weston, J., Rotjan, R., Huber, J., Fisher, A. T., Wheat, C. G., Sylvan, R., Orcutt, B. N. (2023). Transferable knowledge in deep-sea expedition leadership: Take-homes from the 2023 COBRA Master Class. DOSI/DSBS Deep Sea Life.
    • Rotjan, R. D., Huber, J., Bell, K. L., Fisher, A. T., Wheat, C. G., Sylvan, R., Orcutt, B. N. (2023). Accelerating deep-sea expedition leadership via a new COBRA Master Class. Deep-Sea Life.

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