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Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

60 Bigelow Drive
East Boothbay, ME 04544



2011 – 2016          

Ph.D. in Oceanography, School of Marine Sciences, University of Maine, Orono, ME


M.E.Sc. Environmental Science, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, New Haven, CT

2002 – 2006          

B.A. Environmental Studies, Yale University, New Haven, CT

Current Position:


Research Scientist, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, E. Boothbay, ME 

Professional Experience:


Postdoctoral Associate, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Gloucester Point, VA


Adjunct Researcher, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, E. Boothbay, ME


Postdoctoral Researcher, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, E. Boothbay, ME


Michael J. Eckardt Dissertation Writing Fellow, School of Marine Sciences, University of Maine, Orono, ME


NSF Graduate Research Fellow, School of Marine Sciences, University of Maine, Orono, ME & Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Portland, ME


Ecosystem Modeling Lab Graduate Research Assistant, Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Portland, ME & School of Marine Sciences, University of Maine, Orono, ME


Diamondback Terrapin Research Assistant, Massachusetts Audubon Society, Wellfleet, MA


Marine Policy Program Science Coordinator, Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, Provincetown, MA


Cape Cod Commission District of Critical Planning Concern natural resources advisory working group member, Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, Provincetown, MA


Right Whale Habitat Studies Associate Scientist, Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, Provincetown, MA


Right Whale Habitat Studies Research Assistant, Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, Provincetown, MA


Native Aquatics Field Technician, Utah Division of Natural Resources, St. George, UT


Bat Ecology Field Technician, Woodlot Alternatives LLC, Topsham, ME

Teaching Experience:



Research Faculty, "Intro to Ocean Science," Colby College, Waterville, ME


Undergraduate thesis committee, Colby College, Waterville, ME

2017, fall semester                      

Laboratory Instructor, Bigelow/Colby College, E. Boothbay, ME


Adjunct Professor, Unity College, Unity, ME

2015, single lecture

Guest Lecturer, Unity College, Unity, ME

2012, single lecture

Guest Lecturer, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME

2012, fall semester

Volunteer Teaching Assistant, Darling Marine Center, University of Maine, Walpole, ME


Interim Education Program Coordinator, Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, Provincetown, MA

At-sea Research Experience:


2023, 6 days

Zooplankton lead, NSF-funded biological proxies cruise, Gulf of Maine

2018, 35 days          

Postdoctoral Associate, NASA EXPORTS cruise, Subarctic NE Pacific

2014, 9 days

Chief Scientist-in-Training, UNOLS training cruise, Barbados to Bermuda

2012, 7 days

Co-Principal Investigator, Ocean Acidification and Zooplankton Cruise, School of Marine Sciences, University of Maine, Gulf of Maine

2011/2012, 40 days

Zooplankton Research Assistant, Palmer LTER Research Cruise, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, West Antarctic Peninsula

2010, 26 days

Acoustics Research Assistant, Zooplankton Acoustics Cruise, SUNY Stony Brook, West Antarctic Peninsula

2009/2010, 40 days

CTD operator and cruise intern, CLIVAR P6, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, Southwest Pacific Ocean - Australia to Tahiti

Publications submitted:

Chalif JI, et al. (in review) Pollution drives enigmatic decline in subarctic biogenic sulfur. Nature Geoscience.

Stamieszkin K, Millette NC, Luo JY, Follett EM, Record NR, Johns DG (in revision) Large protistan mixotrophs in the North Atlantic Continuous Plankton Recorder time series: associated environmental conditions and trends. Frontiers in Marine Science.


Bisson KM, Gassó S, Mahowald N, Wagner S, Koffman BG, Carn SA, Deutsch S, Gazel E, Kramer S, Krotkov N, Mitchell CE, Pritchard ME, Stamieszkin K, Wilson C (2023) Observing ocean ecosystem responses to volcanic ash. Remote Sensing of Environment 296:113749.

Shea CH, Wojtal PK, Close HG, Maas AE, Stamieszkin K, Cope JS, Steinberg DK, Wallsgrove N, Popp BN (2023) Small particles and heterotrophic protists support the mesopelagic zooplankton food web in the subarctic northeast Pacific Ocean. Limnology and Oceanography 68(8):1949-1963. doi: 10.1002/lno.12397.

Millette NC, Gast RJ, Luo JY, Moeller HV, Stamieszkin K, Andersen KH, Brownlee EF, Cohen NR, Duhamel S, Dutkiewicz S, Glibert PM, Johnson MD, Leles SG, Maloney AE, Mcmanus GB, Poulton N, Princiotta SD, Sanders RW, Wilken S. (2023) Mixoplankton and mixotrophy: future research priorities. J Plankton Res 45(4):576-596. doi: 10.1093/plankt/fbad020.

Hudak CA, Stamieszkin K, Mayo CA (2023) North Atlantic right whale Eubalaena glacialis prey selection in Cape Cod Bay. Endangered Species Research 51:15-29.

Friedland KD, Record NR, Pendleton DE, Balch WM, Stamieszkin K, Moisan JR, Brady DC (2023) Asymmetry in the rate of warming and the phenology of seasonal blooms in the Northeast US Shelf Ecosystem. ICES Journal of Marine Science 80(4):775-786. doi: 10.1093/icesjms/fsad007.

Steinberg DK, Stamieszkin K, Maas AE, Durkin CA, Passow U, Estapa ML, Omand MM, McDonnell AMP, Karp-Boss L, Galbraith M, Siegel DA (2023) The outsized role of salps in carbon export in the subarctic Northeast Pacific Ocean. Global Biogeochemical Cycles. doi: 10.1029/2022GB007523

Omand MM, Steinberg DK, Stamieszkin K (2021) Cloud shadows drive vertical migrations of deep-dwelling marine life. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, doi: 10.1073/pnas.2022977118

Siegel DA, et al. (2021) Overview of the EXport Processes in the Ocean from RemoTe Sensing. Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene 9(1): 00107, doi: 10.1525/elementa.2020.00107

Stamieszkin KSteinberg DK, Maas AE (2021) Fecal pellet production by mesozooplankton in the subarctic Northeast Pacific Ocean. Limnology and Oceanography, doi: 10.1002/lno11774

Maas AE, Miccoli A, Stamieszkin KCarlson C, Steinberg DK (2021) Allometry and the calculation of zooplankton active flux. Journal of Plankton Research, doi: 10.1093/plankt/fbab028

Pershing AJ, Stamieszkin K (2020) The North Atlantic ecosystem, from plankton to whales. The Annual Review of Marine Science, doi: 10.1146/annurev-marine-010419-010752

Record NR, Runge JA, Pendleton DE, Balch WM, Davies KTA, Pershing AJ, Johnson CL, Stamieszkin K, Feng RJZ, Kraus SD, Kenney RD, Hudak C, Mayo CA, Chen C, Salisbury J, Thompson CRS (2019) Rapid climate-driven circulation changes threaten conservation of endangered North Atlantic right whales. Oceanography, doi: 10.5670/oceanog.2019.201

Staudinger M, Mills, KE, Stamieszkin K et al. (2019) It’s about time: phenology of the Gulf of Maine. Fisheries Oceanography, doi: 10.1111/fog.12429

Brun P, Stamieszkin K, Visser AW, Licandro P, Payne MR, Kiørboe T (2019) Climate change has altered zooplankton-fuelled carbon export in the North Atlantic. Nature Ecology and Evolution. doi: 10.1038/s41559-018-0780-3


Record NR, Balch WM, Stamieszkin K (2018) Century-scale changes in phytoplankton phenology in the Gulf of Maine. PeerJ. Preprints6:e27425v1


Schuetz J, Mills KE, Allyn A, Stamieszkin K, LeBris A, Pershing AJ (2018) Complex patterns of temperature sensitivity, not ecological traits, dictate diverse species responses to climate change. Ecography, doi: 10.1111/ecog.03823

Polashenski DJ, Osterberg EC, Koffman BG, Winski D, Stamieszkin K, Kreutz KJ, Wake CP, Ferris DG, Introne D, Campbell S, Lewis GM (2018) Denali ice core methanesulfonic acid records north Pacific marine primary production. Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres, doi: 10.1029/2017JD028123

Stamieszkin K, Poulton NJ, Pershing AJ (2017) Zooplankton grazing and egestion shifts particle size distribution in natural communities. Marine Ecology Progress Series 575: 43-56, doi: 10.3354/meps12212

Guy-Haim T, Alexander H, Bell TW, Bier RL, Bortolotti LE, Briseño-Avena C, Dong X, Flanagan AM, Grosse J, Grossmann L, Hasnain S, Hovel R, Johnston CA, Miller DR, Muscarella M, Noto AE, Reisinger AJ, Smith HJ, Stamieszkin K (2017) What are the type, direction and strength of species, community, and ecosystem responses to warming in aquatic mesocosm studies and their dependency on experimental characteristics? A systematic review protocol. Environmental Evidence, doi: 10.1186/s13750-017-0084-0

Record NR, O’Brien JD, Stamieszkin K, Runge JA (2016) Omic-style statistical clustering reveals old and new patterns in Gulf of Maine zooplankton data. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. doi: 10.1139/cjfas-2016-0151

Stamieszkin K, May MA, Chase A (2016) Student-led retreats for graduate student cohesion and career success. Oceanography 29: 80-81, doi: 10.5670/oceanog.2016.18

Stamieszkin K, Pershing AJ, Record NR, Pilskaln CH, Dam HG, Feinberg LR (2015) Size as the master trait in modeled copepod fecal pellet carbon flux. Limnology and Oceanography, doi: 10.1002/lno.10156

Pershing AJ, Mills KE, Record NR, Stamieszkin K, Wurtzell KV, Byron C, Fitzpatrick D, Golet W, Koob E (2015) Evaluating trophic cascades as drivers of regime shifts in different ocean ecosystems. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 370, doi: 10.1098/rstb.2013.0265

Parks SE, Warren JD, Stamieszkin K, Mayo CA & Wiley DN (2011) Dangerous dining: surface foraging of right whales increases risk for vessel collisions. Biology Letters 8: 57-60, doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2011.057

Stamieszkin K, Wielgus J, Gerber LR (2009) Management of a marine protected area for sustainability and conflict resolution. Ocean & Coastal Management 52: 449-458.


Stamieszkin K, Benjamin S. Twining, Catherine Mitchell, Bess G. Koffman, Thomas Guercio, Laura E. Sofen, David T. Drapeau, Sara Rauschenberg (2024) Oral presentation: Phytoplankton response to volcanic ash and dust in the high-nutrient, low-chlorophyll NE Pacific, Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, USA.

Stamieszkin K (2021) Invited seminar: Zooplankton ecology impacts upper ocean carbon distribution, Scripps Institution of Oceanography Ecology Seminar, virtual.

Stamieszkin K, Steinberg DK, Maas AE (2020) Oral presentation: The role of mesozooplankton community structure in fecal pellet carbon production in the subarctic Northeast Pacific Ocean, Ocean Sciences Meeting, San Diego, CA, USA.

Stamieszkin K, Brun P, Maas A, Steinberg DK (2019) Invited oral presentation: Using allometry to model copepod-mediated carbon flux – how well do we estimate key rates and variables, Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry summer workshop, Woods Hole, MA, USA.

Stamieszkin K (2019) Invited oral presentation: Gulf of Maine warming runs deep. The Island Institute's Fisherman's Climate Roundtable, Rockland, ME, USA.

Stamieszkin K, Record NR, Thomas AC, Kerr LA, Mills KE (2018) Oral presentation: Seasons in the ocean: Phenology indices for climate assessment. Ocean Sciences Meeting, Portland, OR, USA.

Stamieszkin K, Millette N, Follett E, Luo J (2017) Poster: Conditions for mixotrophy in the ocean. Trait-Based Approaches to Ocean Life, Osøyro, Norway.

Stamieszkin K (2016) Lightening talk: How plankton impact the earth’s climate cycle. New England Ocean Science Education Collaborative conference, Portland, ME, USA.

Stamieszkin K, Poulton N, Pershing AJ (2016) Oral presentation: Zooplankton grazing effects on particle size spectra under different seasonal conditions. Ocean Sciences Meeting, New Orleans, LA, USA.

Stamieszkin K, Mills KE, Record NR (2015) Oral presentation: Size structure of the Gulf of Maine ecosystem across multiple trophic levels. Regional Association for Research on the Gulf of Maine, Portsmouth, NH, USA.

Stamieszkin K, Pershing AJ (2015) Oral presentation: Changes in North Atlantic copepod community size structure and fecal pellet carbon flux over 55 years. Trait-Based Approaches to Ocean Life, Waterville Valley, NH, USA.

Stamieszkin K, Pershing AJ, Record NR (2014) Oral presentation: Using copepod physiology and biogeography to understand variability in the biological carbon pump. Ocean Sciences Meeting, Honolulu, HI, USA.

Stamieszkin K, Record NR, Pershing AJ (2013) Poster: How does copepod body size influence the flow of carbon through marine ecosystems? Trait-based Approaches to Ocean Life, Copenhagen, Denmark, USA.

Stamieszkin K, Brault S, Mayo CA. (2009) Oral presentation: Quantifying the Relationship between Zooplankton Resource and Right Whale Behavior: a step toward risk prediction. North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium Meeting, New Bedford, MA, USA.

Stamieszkin K, Osterberg D, Mayo CA. (2008) Oral presentation: The Ecology of Risk. North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium Meeting, New Bedford, MA, USA.

Grants & Awards:

  • ARPA-E SEA-CO2, “Monitoring, Reporting and Verification of Zooplankton-Mediated Export Pathways for Carbon Sequestration,” Principal investigator (expected: 2024-2027) $2.4M

  • NSF Biological Oceanography, “Collaborative Research: Investigating the relationship between size and the balance between carbon acquisition modes in mixotrophic protists,” Co-Investigator (2022-2025) $522,963

  • North Pacific Research Board, “Developing and teaching ‘Volcanos and the Ocean Ecosystem’: a course for Pribilof Islands students,” Co-Investigator (2021-2024) $16,700

  • North Pacific Research Board, “Impacts of fresh and aged volcanic ash on phytoplankton in the subarctic Northeast Pacific,” Co-Investigator (2021-2024) $596,616

  • NSF Biological Oceanography, “Collaborative Research: Sources and transformations of export production: A novel 50-year record of pelagic-benthic coupling from coral and plankton bioarchives,” Co-Investigator (2021-2024) $928,486

  • NSF Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry Working Group, “Mixotrophs and Mixotrophy,” Co-Investigator (2020-2022) $29,097

  • M.J. Eckardt Dissertation Fellowship (2015) $20,000

  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (2012) $138,000

  • Ruth Hiebert Memorial Fellowship (2011) $5,000

  • Jubitz Family Endowment for Research Internships (2006)

  • Carpenter/Sperry Summer Internship Fund (2006)

Memberships & Special Programs:

  • 2021-2023 Mixotrophs and Mixotrophy OCB Working Group co-investigator

  • 2019, 2022 Trait Based Approaches to Ocean Life Scientific Steering Committee

  • 2017 Hjort Summer School

  • 2016 Ecological Dissertations in the Aquatic Sciences

  • 2014 UNOLS Chief Scientist Training Cruise

  • American Society of Limnology and Oceanography

  • American Geophysical Union

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