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Robert Pockalny



  • Higher Ed: Science, Researcher 



My primary focus is the spatial and temporal characterization of the seafloor morphology, potential field data, geologic structures and plate tectonics of these terrains. I also study circulation patterns in coastal environments as well as microbial distributions and related biogeochemical processes in marine sediment environments.

In addition, I have also been Co-Principal Investigator on several NSF-funded, education outreach programs, including: SURFO (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships in Oceanography) and GEMS-Net (Guiding Education in Math & Science Network. 


Kallmeyer, J., Pockalny, R.A., Adhikari, R.R., Smith, D. C., & DHondt, S. (2012). Global distribution of microbial abundance and biomass in subseafloor sediment, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), 109:16213-16216.

Nowicki, B.L., Sullivan-Watts, B., Shim, M.K., Young, B., Pockalny, R. (2013). Factors Influencing Science Content Accuracy in Elementary Inquiry Science Lessons, Research in Science Education, 43, 1135-1154.

Ry,H., Kallmeyer, J., Adhikari, R., Pockalny, R.A., Jrgensen, B., & DHondt, S. (2012). Aerobic microbial respiration in 86-million-year-old deep-sea red clay, Science, 336, 922-925, 2012.